Tracy Cline took her oath of office,possibly with her fingers doubled crossed behind her back. She affectionately embraced a smirking Mike Nifong for the cameras.He apparently has explained to her satisfaction why he concealed all knowledge of his and Crystal's activities in the Lacrosse case. Unfortunately Cline refuses to share her newfound knowledge of the Duke Fraud with her constituents.When asked if she believed Crystal's story she declined to comment. We will undoubtedly hear more when Nifong pleads in the Players' Civil Suit on the 15th.He is in no position to take the Fifth and will be cross-examined with the same mercy that he showed the players when deposed. Perhaps Tracy could appear and corroborate his explanations. Here's the interview link: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=6593610
Thursday, January 08, 2009 Cline: Was Nifong Right?
Durham County's new "minister of justice," Tracey Cline, continues to display an utter indifference to pursuit of truth or ethical responsibility in office. In an interview with ABC-11's Tamara Gibbs, Cline boasted of her decision to invite to her inauguration a figure disbarred by the State Bar and deemed a "rogue prosecutor" by the state Attorney General. Said she, "I invited everybody and I know the focus is going to be on Mr. Nifong." [emphasis added]
Cline's promised approach almost directly echoed the reasoning offered by Nifong in going forward with an evidence-free case against the falsely accused lacrosse players: "Whether people like it or not, you do what's right and then you don't have to explain what you've done because it's the right thing and that's the bottom line as a prosecutor."
And, incredibly, Cline refused to endorse the Attorney General's report on the lacrosse case. According to Gibbs, "We also asked Cline about the Duke Lacrosse case. We wanted to know if she believed the woman who accused the Duke players of raping her and her thoughts on how her former boss handled the case. Cline declined to comment."
Friday, January 16, 2009 [snip} I’ve two questions for Saunders and Cline:
1) The testimony under oath of the case’s two principal DPD investigating officers, Sgt. Gottlieb and Inv. Himan, directly contradicts DA Cline’s public statements regarding her role in securing of the NTO.
See Who owns that “toxic” NTO?(1/13/08), NTO battle - Durham DA v. Police (1/17/08),and Durham ADA changes NTO story.(2/2/08)
Doesn’t the Durham public need to know who’s lying?
2) In a few days we’ll honor the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King. Do you agree he’d want us to uncover the facts of the frame-up attempt and the cover-up its spawned instead of dismissing the victims with “a fish sandwich, a Yoo-hoo and a one-way Greyhound bus ticket?”