NIFONG, FITZGERALD, & AMERICAN "JUSTICE" DEFILED
By Christopher G. Adamo
When declaring their innocence, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper not only acknowledged the defendants to be the undeniable victims of false accusations, he castigated Nifong for conducting his “investigation” in a plainly unethical and unprofessional manner.
Unfortunately Cooper let Mangum off the hook on the spurious basis that she “really believed” the numerous and often conflicting stories she concocted against the Lacrosse players.
This view constitutes dubious grounds on which to uphold or sidestep the law. Mangum’s outlandish flight of imagination, for whatever reason she invented incidents, cost innocent people tremendous amounts of money. It further subjected them to enormous attack and condemnation from a local community that, as a result of the dominating influence of Duke University, has become too perverted by the venom of “political correctness” to retain any sense of real justice or decency.
Moreover, were the notion of “innocence,” based on belief in one’s own imaginings, to carry any legitimate weight outside of this case, the vast majority of rapists and child molesters might themselves be likewise immune to criminal charges, since they often entertain delusional beliefs that their victims desire the assault.
Criminal acts did indeed occur in Durham County, North Carolina, and innocent people were undeniably harmed by them. Yet, the perpetrators of those acts, Crystal Gail Mangum and Michael Nifong, are in no way being held responsible to the degree that they should, if the legal system and American “justice” are truly intended to protect the innocent from deliberate and malicious harm. Yet the ramifications of the Duke Lacrosse travesty reach far beyond a single confused and corrupted county in North Carolina.
It took about a year to clear the players of such obviously bogus charges. But does anyone doubt that, had the case instead dragged on for two and a half years, and had Nifong been allowed unlimited opportunities to question the players not only in regards to the accusations against them, but also every other aspect of their lives throughout that period, he might have been able to stumble them up on some particular point of their testimony?
Surely, had he been given unlimited opportunities to question the defendants and unrestricted grounds on which to accuse them, he could have found at least one of them guilty of something.
Perhaps, one or more of them might once have given the wrong day of the week for some event relating to the party, its planning, or the chaos that ensued in its aftermath. Would anyone in the North Carolina justice system then claim vindication for Nifong and Mangum, all on the basis that, although the original rape charge was clearly false, the particular defendant did not testify with one hundred percent accuracy?
Most importantly, would such a scenario then be treated as reason to justify Nifong’s despicable withholding of critical exculpatory DNA evidence? Yet, that is exactly how another abomination of the U.S. justice system has played out, except that, in this case, the out of control prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, continues his charade of upholding American law.
Even Nifong did not attempt to extricate himself from the mess he created by absurdly claiming that, “although nobody is being charged with rape, and we have no evidence that a rape was committed, by pursuing the Lacrosse players on ancillary charges, we are helping to protect women everywhere from violent assault.”
Nor is it intellectually honest to suggest that, although nobody was charged with revealing the identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame, convicting Lewis I. Libby of delivering false testimony during the unnecessarily prolonged investigation, henceforth, bolsters protection for other agents.
Yet Fitzgerald, with a totally straight face, makes just such an assertion. Clearly, he expects the media and partisan Democrats on Capitol Hill to continue his charade, despite the ultimate harm it does to America’s real efforts to bolster its security. Admittedly, it is a safe bet.
Like Nifong, Fitzgerald had full knowledge and access to the most significant piece of information pertaining to his investigation, specifically the individual who confessed to the non-crime of passing Valerie Plame’s identity to columnist Robert Novak. At the beginning of the investigation, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage admitted to Fitzgerald that it was he who had leaked the information in question.
Yet Fitzgerald deliberately withheld this crucial fact from the jurors. As with Nifong’s suppressed DNA evidence, it was Fitzgerald, not Libby, who obstructed justice by hiding Armitage’s identity, along with the truth of Plame’s publicly known status as a CIA employee.
Which incident constitutes the more flagrant attempt to manipulate a jury by withholding vital evidence from them, Libby’s transposition of the dates from a two-year-old conversation, or Fitzgerald’s deliberate decision to conceal his full knowledge of Plame’s identifier?
It is Nifong, Fitzgerald, and others like them who destroy careers and cause innocent people to struggle to restore their ravaged reputations. It is they who pose the greater danger to honest citizens in a free society and therefore should be kept under lock and key for the protection of all good people.
If the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights are to mean anything, law-abiding Americans deserve protection from the extreme abuses perpetrated by unscrupulous power mongers like Fitzgerald and Nifong who will gladly annihilate the lives and liberties of their fellow citizens in pursuit of career and power.
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Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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