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Black Leaders Still Pretend Nifong Has A Case

From North Carolina’s Harlot Charlotte Observer:

Blacks aren’t judging Nifong

Sun, Dec. 24, 2006

While scrutiny of the Durham district attorney’s handling of the Duke lacrosse case intensifies, key members of the county’s influential black community still back the prosecutor, though cautiously.

The district attorney, Mike Nifong, dropped rape charges Friday against former players David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann after the 28-year-old accuser said she was unsure whether the players had penetrated her.

The move spurred outrage against the district attorney for continuing a case many legal experts say has completely unraveled.

But several members of Durham County’s African American community said they believe Nifong is keeping his word to fully investigate.

"It’s not going in our favor at this point," said Durham County commissioner Michael Page, adding that he felt Nifong would continue only if he had evidence of something occurring that deserved punishment.

"The question is what and who did it."

Cora Cole-McFadden, Durham’s mayor pro tem, said she thinks Nifong is doing what he believes is right.

"I’d rather not be judgmental," she said. "I’m certainly anxious to see how this legal process is going to work."

The Rev. William Barber, president of the state chapter of the NAACP, urged patience.

"This is not a sound-bite case," Barber said. "We do not want a rush to judgment or a delay of justice."

The support of the African American community has been key for Nifong, who has received strong support among black voters.

More than a third of registered voters in Durham County are African American

Nifong hasn’t returned requests for comment. He told The New York Times on Thursday that the accuser is determined to continue. He said he will prosecute the players unless "she tells me these are not the right guys."

The players’ lawyers and family have demanded the case be dropped based on lack of DNA evidence and questions about the accuser’s credibility.

"It’s hard to figure out how this DA is playing this," said Kevin Finnerty, father of Collin Finnerty. "It’s pretty obvious to us that from the outset this man has been using this case for his own personal and political gain." …

The Rev. Frederick Davis, pastor of First Calvary Baptist in Durham, said he is withholding judgment on Nifong until the case is over. He expressed concern of the media storm is having on the accuser stating he hopes she is receiving the proper counseling and family support.

"My prayers are with her," he said.

In case anyone still thought this case wasn’t racially motivated.

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