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Freda Black's dismissal from the D.A.'s office is neither innuendo or gossip. It was reported on widely in the media when it happened. Do a search of the Indy's archives, for examp,e, if you need more information. The problem was not only that she dated someone being prosecuted by the D.A.'s office at the time -- he received more favorable treatment than did other people with similar charges. She was fired by Nifong right after he took office for his sesond term because of her conduct. He instituted a new rule against dating defendants that came to be known as the "Freda Black r=Rule". Nifong then came under fire for letting it be called that, which i felt was snotty of him, and that was that. Who knew a D.A.'s office would need a rule about such a common sense ethical standard in the first place? I find these allegations that Cline should somehow have been supervising Nifong and known what he was doing absurd -- who among us supervises our superviser?! especially if we have an incredibly heavy workload of our own. That's not the way any organization works and people who keep insisting she should have know what he was doing and put a stop to it are simply trying to drag this now dead lacrosse case controversy out for whatever reason of their own. They need to get a life and move on. The Indy made the right choice in their endorsement. The rest of the field is woefully underqualified. In addition, I suggest people go to the state board of elections and download Freda Black's finance reports if they want to know more about who is behind her campaign. The fact that she is being bankrolled by Jery Clayton -- who has made public statements on thw r3cord that he intends "to own the D.A.'s office" is extremely troubling. I hope the people of Duirham will not fall for this rhetoric being thrown at Cline as the front runner and will use their common sense and repudiate any attempts to use the lacrosse case controversy to allow a criminal defense lawyer to but and "own" the D.A.'s office. That's the last thing this town needs. By the way, I heard a rumor the Black campaign was going to buy an ad in the Herald-Sun featuring a photo of Nifong with part of Cline's face behind his on the Sunday before the election -- if the Herald-Sun actually accepts and runs that ad, I hope people will join me in boycotting the Herald-Sun. We can do better than that when it comes to the tenor of our local campaigns. This election is not about Mike Nifong. It is about making sure Durham has a qualified, competent, and independent District Attorney going forward so we never end up in a mess like the lacrosse case again. The only person who comes remotely close to meeting this criteria is Cline.

Posted by Parsnips on 04/24/2008 at 10:25 AM

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