The district attorney prosecuting three Duke lacrosse players accused of raping a woman at a team party said during a court hearing Friday that he still hasn't interviewed the accuser about the facts of the case.This is absolutely amazing. He has brought indictments of three young men totally based on the accuser's testimony and he hasn't interviewed her? She gave contradictory versions of what happened that night and he doesn't think that it would be due diligence to talk to her before he sought indictments?
"I've had conversations with (the accuser) about how she's doing. I've had conversations with (the accuser) about her seeing her kids," Mike Nifong said. "I haven't talked with her about the facts of that night. ... We're not at that stage yet."
Nifong made the statement in response to a defense request for any statements the woman has made about the case.
"I understand the answer may not be the answer they want but it's the true answer. That's all I can give them," the prosecutor said after the hourlong hearing.
Defense lawyers said outside court that they found Nifong's statement surprising.
"One of the most interesting things to me of course is Mr. Nifong did admit that he in fact has basically never talked to this woman and has absolutely no idea what her story is, and yet he has chosen to continue to go forward with this case," defense lawyer Joseph Cheshire said.
Nifong said none of his assistants have discussed the case with the woman either and only have spoken with her to monitor her well-being. They have left the investigation of the case to police, he said.
Bulldog Pundit, who is a former prosecuter, is flabbergasted.
Wow. Just wow. To me, it’s basically prosecutorial malpractice that whomever is going to be handling the case has not spoken with her in the six (6) months since the allegation.Read the rest of his commentary.
I think I know part of the reason - the DA doesn’t want to have to tell the defense about any statement she gives to them, which they would be required to do under the rules of evidence.
This case continues to astound that such a dishonest incompetent as Mike Nifong has the power to continue with these phony charges and that nothing happens to him for all his misconduct. KC Johnson was liveblogging the hearing and he has some more detail doozies. Nifong determined that he would be the lead investigator on this case yet still didn't see fit to interview either the accuser or to take a look at the exculpatory evidence that Reade Seligman's lawyer tried to show him.
And this guy will probably be reelected and continue to practice his own brand of incompetence in Durham. It is such a sad, sad story.
(Link via The Bullwinkle Blog)