Monday, April 02, 2007


Over the weekend, KC Johnson of Durham-in-Wonderland points to a great column from Bill Anderson, calling for reframing the central question of the case: Since, Anderson notes, “three young men, Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans, have lived with these false charges for 11 months, so the question really should not be ‘When will the charges be dropped?’ Instead, it should be, ‘Why were they filed in the first place?’”

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Anderson is absolutely right. Of course we know that blind political ambition was the probable cause of this disgraceful chapter in the history of Durham's legal system. And one has to wonder what kind of life these three innocent young men can possibly have with this as part of their curriculum vitae.

What I do not, and cannot, understand is how anyone can still be defending Mike Nifong's malicious prosecution and complete lack of prosecutorial integrity in filing and maintaining charges against three young men whose lives he has irrevocably scarred for the sake of his political survival.

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