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 General Topics ( September 2006 - April 2007), Used for general discussions
Quasimodo
Posted: Apr 15 2007, 12:18 PM


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(Considering that according to the current Neff series, no one in the DPD objected to Nifong's 'special instructions' about how to conduct the third Photo ID session; plus the overall silence of the department during this attempted frame-up--perhaps some comments might be in order) :

CITY OF DURHAM

For Immediate Release: April 5, 2007

ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT

The Durham Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment April 21 – 25, 2007 as part of a program to achieve national accreditation status. A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

(CALEA) will arrive Saturday, April 21, to examine all aspects of the Durham Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. Verification by the CALEA team that the Durham Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by calling (919) 560-4594 on Tuesday, April 24 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Durham Police Department. For information, call Monica Tucker, Accreditation Manager, at (919) 560-4581.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Durham Police Department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are asked to write:
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030-2215.

The CALEA assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are: Team Leader: Mr. Roy Liddicott Chief of Broward County Sheriff’s Office, FL. Team Members: Mr. Raymond Rast, Retired Bureau Commander of Independence Police Department, MO and Ms. Shawna Williams, Lieutenant at Knoxville Police Department, TN.

Once CALEA Assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted re-accredited status.

For information about the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., write to 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100 Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215; or call (800)368-3757 or visit www.calea.org.

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Duke10 Mom
Posted: Apr 15 2007, 12:35 PM


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Thanks Quasi!

EVERYONE should be encouraged to comment on this.

It is clear that the AG has already notified the Durham PD that they botched the investigation. Cooper's report should provide more details this week.

Write, call, appear at the meeting. EVERY bit helps!
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LMB
Posted: Apr 15 2007, 12:41 PM


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as regards the DPD...there is no defense for defending what is criminal.



City officials counter botched investigation claims


BY RAY GRONBERG : The Herald-Sun
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Apr 14, 2007 : 10:12 pm ET

DURHAM -- While city officials say they want to hear what more state Attorney General Roy Cooper says about the Duke lacrosse case, they're already trying to counter notions of a botched investigation by the Durham Police Department.

Comments from City Manager Patrick Baker and City Councilman Howard Clement -- made after Cooper dropped all charges in the case -- indicate that officials intend to argue that most of the blame for pursuing a baseless prosecution of lacrosse players David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann should go to District Attorney Mike Nifong, not the police.

"I think -- I don't know, but I think -- Mr. Nifong was leaning heavily on what the police investigation brought to him," Clement said. "Something went awry."

Cooper criticized Nifong by name on Wednesday while explaining his decision to drop the charges, calling the district attorney a "rogue prosecutor" who pursued charges against the three players in the absence of any evidence to support the claims of an escort-service stripper who falsely alleged that she'd been raped at a lacrosse team party last spring.

The attorney general didn't criticize Durham police specifically, but he did say the photo-identification procedures the department used were "faulty and unreliable." The comment was an apparent reference to an April 4, 2006, photo lineup investigators conducted at Nifong's urging that featured only photos of Duke lacrosse players.

The accuser picked out Finnerty, Seligmann and Evans, information that the investigators and Nifong used later to secure grand jury indictments.

The lineup procedure is said to have contradicted Police Department procedures by omitting "fillers," or photos of men who weren't suspects in the case. But authorities justified it as an attempt to see what the accuser could remember about the people who were at the party.

Cooper has said his office will release a written report this week detailing the findings of its investigation, which began in January after Nifong recused himself in the face of a N.C. State Bar disciplinary proceeding.

Baker said on Wednesday that officials would study the report and conduct their own post-mortem on the Police Department's investigation. But, like Clement, he hinted that officials would argue that most of the blame should go to Nifong.

"We need to debrief about our actions in the case, and certainly I look forward to parsing out Police Department actions as opposed to prosecution actions," Baker said. "They can be one in the same or completely separate. And certainly we need to be accountable for any problems we created in this case."

Baker also said he wanted to hear more about Cooper's objections to the disputed lineup, and about "whether or not that type of identification should have been used in the grand jury." He added that Police Department investigators "spelled out clearly in their notes [that] they weren't conducting a lineup, they were doing it for other purposes."

The manager's reference to the grand jury, however, illustrated the defects of a "blame Nifong" strategy on the city's part. The district attorney relied on police investigators to present their findings to the grand jury and, by law, couldn't be in the room when they did so.

A critic of the way authorities handled the case, Duke Law School professor James Coleman, said Saturday that an attempt to excuse police by blaming the district attorney wouldn't work.

"Even when the prosecutor gets involved as Nifong did, that doesn't relieve the department of going about the investigation in the way its procedures require it to," Coleman said. "The eyewitness identification is an example. They knew the procedure they were using would not produce a reliable identification, and they shouldn't have used it. The fact Nifong suggested it to them is irrelevant."

Now that Cooper has exonerated the players, city officials' responsibility is to "look at what their officers did, make a report, and take whatever corrective actions are required, including disciplinary action," Coleman said.

Coleman added that departmental policy on identification appeared sound, though it wasn't clear how well officers adhered to it. Assuming that they did in most cases, "this isn't systemic failure," he said. "This is plain misconduct, or indifference. Or both."
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Posted: Apr 15 2007, 12:41 PM


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Can't wait to read the next installments in the N&O's series -- right now you can only get the titles of Chs. 3-5. BTW -- great new emoticon, DukeEgr93. Love the bracelet! Any chance of adding it to the list?
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K.P.
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N.C's Top Prosecutor 'Offended' by Nifongs Behavior
http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1274096

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“She was suspended in mid air and was being assaulted by all three of them in the bathroom,” Cooper recalled the accuser saying. “And I’ve been in that bathroom and it was very difficult for me to see how that could have occurred.”

Cooper told Stahl that his investigators were shocked by the situation.


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Posted: Apr 15 2007, 12:50 PM


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QUOTE (LIZ @ Apr 15 2007, 12:05 PM)
T"he Staircase Murders" will be on tonight as well. I think that is the name of the movie. It is about the Peterson trial. He was the Herald-Sun columnist who murdered his Nortel executive wife by pushing her down the stairs of their mansion. It was Freda Black who won the case and put Peterson behind bars.

Michael Peterson's chief supporter was Victoria Peterson-- the community activist.

I talked with a friend who took the time to go listen to Brodhead address the alumni yesterday during the reunion weekend. She is a lawyer. She was not impressed and said the general mood of the audience mirrored her view. She said that after he made his remarks, he sort of stood to the side of the podiom looking for applause. And she said that there really wasn't any. People were very ho-hum, sort of "Oh well.." about him. She said he didn't really say anything at all, and that it was a waste of time going to listen to him.

Well it sure wasn't a waste of time telling us about the President's reception.

That is good information and my thoughts about Duke Alums just shot up a notch or two.

Thanks
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Jim
Posted: Apr 15 2007, 02:26 PM


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I caught a replay of Fox News Sunday on the radio this afternoon. It replays again at 6:00 p.m. on Fox News tonight. Between 6:40 and 6:50 you can hear Brit Hume spank Brodhead and the Gang of 88 followed by a demand that the New York Times explain its "exclusive" article informing the world that there was a body of evidence that justified the case going forward after the Times got an exclusive view of evidence files. Also, I commend to you an article at the American Thinker written by Kyle Ann Shiver describing the damage Crystal has done to all real rape victims and suggesting Crystal should be punished.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/04/whe...about_rape.html

Jim in Richmond
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Zola
Posted: Apr 15 2007, 05:30 PM


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Jim, thanks for that information. It looks like I have 8 minutes to catch Brit Hume. I will tune in.

Enjoy the 60 Minutes everyone. It should be a good one.


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Emily Brontë
Posted: Apr 15 2007, 06:32 PM


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Wow, mid-air gang rape fantasies of a truly disturbed woman!

If this went to trial, I wonder how they would describe this latest fantasy. How is SNL going to handle the latest? I am impressed with Roy Cooper. He did a great job.
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Posted: Apr 15 2007, 06:34 PM


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The three young men looked much relieved in this third episode of 60 Minutes. It is good to see them smiling and being themselves again. Well done 60 Minutes!
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Darcy
Posted: Apr 15 2007, 06:37 PM


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QUOTE (Emily Brontë @ Apr 15 2007, 06:32 PM)
Wow, mid-air gang rape fantasies of a truly disturbed woman!

If this went to trial, I wonder how they would describe this latest fantasy. How is SNL going to handle the latest? I am impressed with Roy Cooper. He did a great job.

I am having difficulty imagining that scenario too. What a nut case! Crystal and Nifong, both.
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I think I learned that there really is no punishment one could give nigong that would satisfy the need for fairness during the time this case existed. I mean one could say things like lets hang him by his testicles or send him to jail for along time or stick toothpicks under his finger nails or whatever. But listening to 60 minutes tonight i got the distinct feeling from Dave, Colin and Reade that nothing they wish upon the nifong creep will help with knowing how badly they were mentally raped by this slug xxxx (I cant even call him a man). And now he has the gaul to say he wont resign. He is a true sociopath and has no feelings toward anyone or anything. I wonder if his family also feels that lack of emotion in the way he treats people at home and elsewhere. I bet his coworkers also feel that way but are to scared to say otherwise due to retribution by this liar. I better stop now and go watch a cartoon or something.
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Posted: Apr 15 2007, 06:52 PM


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http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=...ngle&id=5210267

Possibility of More Charges for Nifong
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Posted: Apr 15 2007, 06:58 PM


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Posted: Apr 15 2007, 08:09 PM


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QUOTE (Duke10 Mom @ Apr 15 2007, 12:35 PM)
Thanks Quasi!

EVERYONE should be encouraged to comment on this.

It is clear that the AG has already notified the Durham PD that they botched the investigation. Cooper's report should provide more details this week.

Write, call, appear at the meeting. EVERY bit helps!

Especially writing as the list of attendees at a meeting can be accidentally on purpose...lost.
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LMB
Posted: Apr 15 2007, 08:59 PM


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I dont know exactly what acceditation of a police department entails and what specifically they are looking for. I would hope some comments about gotlieb targeting Duke students would be a good comment to forward to the accreditation folks. I dont think that individuals in a police department targeting a particlular segment of a city population is acceptable while murders, and other crimes are neglected. But again I dont know what specifics the accreditation folks target.
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Did anyone see that Hannity named Mangum as 'enemy of the week'?
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WRAL did a segment tonight on the news regarding the lacrosse case. Their segment featured Bishop Bennett who says he STILL believes something happened in that house and that the police just bungled the case. This is just race baiting! Is this guy this dumb or is he just the black equivalent to Nifong?

Regarding the 60 Minutes Special, there was a brief tete-a -tete that I noticed. When Colllin was asked about what should be done to the accuser, I thought I heard him say that something should be done to her. Did you hear that, too?

I hope he did! I agree with Collin. It is not vengeful to put a lying, mischief- causing, shakedown artist in jail! Ok, she is crazy. So are tons of others behind bars.

I think there is some other reason why lawyers do not want to prosecute her besides her mental state! Guilty and insane--- aren't there those who plea this?

Something just does not add up for me that folks are so willing not to prosecute her. It is fishy. Not to prosecute her gives credence to the Bishop Bennetts of the world.

Sure there is no money in prosecuting her but justice is not about money. She needs to understand the law. How can she be a so-called honor student at NCCU and not understand this simple concept? Something does not fit.

Why are people afraid to go after her? Will she incriminate someone else? Sure, she may tell more psychotic lies. So what?
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Nifong ignores clues from DNA tests
http://www.newsobserver.com/100/story/564692.html

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A rape kit is a deceptively powerful tool, a cardboard box with envelopes, glass microscope slides, swabs, a comb and blank forms. As it journeys from hospital to police station to laboratory to court, the evidence within can lock up rapists, or free those arrested or convicted in error.
In the Duke Hospital emergency room on the morning of March 14, 2006, Dr. Julie Manly conducted a pelvic examination of Crystal Gail Mangum. Mangum said three men had gang-raped her for half an hour. The doctor also collected evidence: thong panties; swabs of the mouth, vagina and rectum; a cheek scraping; a blood sample; and hair from Mangum's head.

Manly made one physical finding: "diffuse edema of the vaginal walls," or generalized swelling. The doctor was assisted by Tara Levicy, a nurse in training to conduct rape exams.

The kit was passed from Levicy to Duke police to Durham police, who delivered it to the State Bureau of Investigation laboratory March 27.

The next day, agent Rachel Winn examined the swabs, slides and panties. She found no evidence of semen, blood or saliva.


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I find this a strange choice of titles for the front page headline in the Herald Sun
this morning



Racial strain factor in Cooper declaration

I think a better title would have been, Complete lack of evidence factor in Cooper declaration!
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