Do I sound a little PO'd? I am. Just as Durham might begin investigating why it is that the Durham Police thought they had probable cause when they didn't, the City's liability insurance company insists that the City negotiate first with the parents in their civil suit. And all of a sudden the number $30 million surfaces in the press. As a Durham citizen, I don't want to see my taxes poured down a rathole for the actions of a now disbarred DA, which is after all a state office.
And in news reports, the phrase "the legal team who defended OJ Simpson and Ollie North" somehow caught my attention. High profile media shenanigans that end in putative miscarriages of justice.
What has bothered me most about the Nifong case is how quickly the defense lawyers brought all of the power of the national media to bear on the case so that it never got sorted out by twelve folks from Durham. Now it is the vindictiveness of the civil case and its derailing of an investigation that is striking me.
There is something more than Nifong's action rotten with this case. And that is the determination of the parents not to have the merits of the case, whatever few there might have been, brought out either in a trial or in an investigation of the actions of the Durham Police.
Could it be that the point is not to get justice but to ensure that rich white jocks at prestigious colleges get legal immunity? Class has its privileges. Meanwhile in Jena, Louisiana, there are parents who would very much like attention to prosecutorial misconduct.