Nifong Hasn’t Interviewed the Accuser Yet
I find it rather surprising that the DA for Durham, Mike Nifong, has yet to interview the woman who has accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape. I’m not a lawyer, but I would have thought that prior to bringing charges the DA would interview person making the accusations.1
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.
“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.
Yeah, Nifong will get to that stage after they compare recipes for chocolate chip cookies and which is their favorite ice cream. I can’t tell you how unprofessional Nifong has appeared throughout this entire case.
Apparently the defense attorneys are thinking something similar,
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.
So, is Nifong’s office also some sort of helpline as well? Can anybody call up when they are feeling a little down or just need somebody to talk too?
1Generally, I suppose this wouldn’t happen, in that the DA doesn’t personally handle each and every case. However, Nifong used this case as a critical component in his re-election campaign, so an interview in this case would seem approrpriate. And even when the DA isn’t handling the case, I would expect the lawyer handling the case for the DA to conduct such an interview.