(First posted 6/8/09)
Sunday I posted Why Nifong Knew About The Case Before Mar. 23.
That post was the first of a two post response to Liestoppers Meeting blogger sceptical’s request that I explain why I’m certain Raleigh News & Observer investigative reporter Joe Neff’s Apr. 2007 Nifong copier “discovery” story reporting Mike Nifong didn’t learn about the Duke lacrosse (DL) case until the afternoon of Mar. 23, 2006 is false.
In the second post I’ll explain why I’m certain Nifong learned of the DL false accuser Crystal Mangum’s charges on Mar. 14, 2006, the same day she made them; and not on Mar. 23 as Neff and the N&O reported and as Nifong subsequently testified in June 2007 at his State Bar trial which led to his disbarment.
Before reading further, please read Why Nifong Knew About The Case Before Mar. 23 and the posts to which it links if you've not already done so.
Moving on - - -
Skeptical, commenting in response to the Nifong Knew post, correctly noted [excerpt]:
John, you make a strong case that Nifong knew about the lacrosse party incident before March 23, but your argument is largely circumstantial, based on what was in the papers and being discussed in Durham at the time.I want to respond to sceptical’s excerpted comment before publishing my second post explaining why I’m certain Nifong knew of the case on Mar. 14.
I look forward to your second post in which I hope you will show specific information that Nifong knew about the incident before the copy machine story.
Sceptical's right; my first post relies heavily on circumstantial evidence and the conclusion we can reach from such evidence that Nifong knew about the case before Mar. 23.
The circumstantial evidence I relied on is indisputable.
For example, no one disputes the Raleigh N&O published two stories on the case before the 23rd and The Chronicle published one.
Circumstantial evidence is often viewed as less reliable than direct eyewitness statements and testimony under oath.
But eyewitness statements and even direct testimony under oath often turn out to be flat out false, something we've seen repeatedly in the DL case, while circumstantial evidence has often led us to the truth.
That's why in our justice system we're asked to weigh both circumstantial and direct evidence; and that's why in criminal cases circumstantial evidence can by itself be sufficient for conviction or a verdict of "not guilty."
I want to share with you two other items:
First, this Anon comment from the Nifong Knew thread -
During the late 1990's I was the Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor in a small county in Washington State.
Every morning upon arrival at work, I checked with the jail to see who had been booked in the last 24 hours and checked with my counterparts in law enforcement about active investigations. My boss, the Elected Prosecutor, was briefed on everything before noon.
Nifong knew about this investigation within two days of the allegations! I'd bet my house on it.
Moreover, considering he was running for office, he would have been even more involved in the day-to-day activities because of the danger of something politically harmful blowing up during the election. He knew. No question.
Second, this from The Chronicle's web site - - -
With a circulation of about 15,000 and distribution throughout the University, Health System and parts of Durham, The Chronicle has a print readership of about 30,000. The Chronicle Online, established in 1995, gets an average of more than 70,000 hits every day.
Folks, even if we allow that in March 2006 TC had a run of say 10,000 with circulation of 20,000 and say 40,000 hits a day online, don't you find it impossible to believe that with TC's story reporting the rape allegations and Dean Wasilick quoted and Sgt. Gottlieb referenced as reporting the residents in the house were cooperating - - -
and with everything else I mentioned in Nifong Knew plus more some of you could have mentioned - - -
that somehow Mike Nifong didn't know before Mar. 23 and if his wife, Cy Gurney knew, she didn't tell Mike?
Anon has it right: "He knew. No question."