05-02-2008, 05:05 PM #1
The Race For DA in Durham
I would like to start a thread where we can keep track of the race for DA in Durham.
I'm hoping that Freda Black gets elected. Here is a link to an article I got today from Goggle Alerts.
~~ clip regarding candidate Tracy Cline
The other issue that continues to follow DA candidate Cline, the infamous Duke lacrosse case and her former boss Mike Nifong.
Flyers from Freda Black's campaign were handed out in the Bull City Tuesday with a warning from the past to voters.
Black calls it a reminder why there is a new election. Cline says it is dirty campaigning.
"I'm telling you why I want to be DA, I don't need to throw mud at anybody else," Cline said.
Cline has repeatedly said she had no direct involvement in the Duke lacrosse case. Her opponents have challenged her story at every turn.
"She was in Nifong's inner circle and we cannot ignore that reality," Durham DA Candidate, Keith Bishop said.
~~ end clip, my bold
please post any information or opinions about the DA race in Durham that you have here.
I am hoping that when Freda Black gets into office that Janet's case will finally start moving forward again. Not that it's not slowly moving now, I know that it is still being faithfully investigated."It's easier to KEEP Raven happy, than it is to MAKE Raven happy." ~~ JA
05-02-2008, 10:18 PM #2
Duke case throws off district attorney term
Nifong's downfall spurs early voting
DURHAM, N.C. --As the start of early voting approaches on Thursday, Durham residents are faced with what is said to be the largest and most diverse field of district attorney candidates ever.
Two men are in the running: Mitchell Garrell and Keith Bishop. Two women, Freda Black and Tracey Cline, also want the top prosecutor job.
Racially, the choices are equally broad.
Bishop and Cline are black; Garrell and Black are white.
All are Democrats.
It is an election that wasn't supposed to happen.
~~ more at link"It's easier to KEEP Raven happy, than it is to MAKE Raven happy." ~~ JA
05-02-2008, 10:28 PM #3
"The only way to restore faith back in that office is for the next district attorney to have had absolutely nothing to do with the lacrosse case – not giving advice, not sitting in the courtroom," she [Freda Black] said. "Absolutely nothing."
Keith Bishop, an attorney with no ties to the district attorney's office or to Nifong, calls himself "a true outsider."
"It's time for us to clean house and bring someone in who is not burdened with the Nifong legacy, who is not burdened with the culture of deception," he said.
Because no Republicans are running, next week's primary will effectively be the election for the office of Durham district attorney. There will be a run-off if one of the candidates does not get 40 percent of the vote."It's easier to KEEP Raven happy, than it is to MAKE Raven happy." ~~ JA
05-02-2008, 10:34 PM #4
Durham has four choices.
* Keith Bishop, 45, an unsuccessful 2006 candidate and a lawyer in private practice. He was censured by the State Bar in 2001 for making improper "speaking objections" during a deposition and instructing his client not to answer properly posed questions.
* Freda Black, 46, a former assistant district attorney who drew national attention in 2003 for helping prosecute novelist Mike Peterson for the murder of his wife. Black was forced out of the Durham office in 2005 by Nifong, and narrowly lost to him in the 2006 Democratic primary.
* Tracey Cline, 45, the chief assistant district attorney and a hard-ine prosecutor who has tried to distance herself from her former boss.
* Mitchell Garrell, 52, an assistant district attorney for 13 years who opposes the death penalty and says he would not prosecute any capital cases."It's easier to KEEP Raven happy, than it is to MAKE Raven happy." ~~ JA
05-03-2008, 01:42 AM #5my opinion...........and i happen to agree with it.....
05-03-2008, 03:15 PM #6
I wish I would have followed the Michael Peterson case. I would have liked to have seen Ms. Black in action."It's easier to KEEP Raven happy, than it is to MAKE Raven happy." ~~ JA
05-03-2008, 03:32 PM #7Former Member
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I thought she was great in the Peterson case! The way that trial unfolded was just mesmorizing to me.
05-03-2008, 04:44 PM #8"It's easier to KEEP Raven happy, than it is to MAKE Raven happy." ~~ JA
05-03-2008, 04:48 PM #9
Early voting for Tuesday primary ends
Posted: May. 2 6:43 p.m.
Updated: Today at 1:45 p.m.
Raleigh, N.C. — Voters got their last chance to weigh in early on the state primary during one-stop voting earlier Saturday.
One-stop voting polls throughout the state closed at 1 p.m., but those in line at that time will be able to vote, election officials said.
"Every vote counts in North Carolina, and we want to ensure that every person has a chance to be heard," Craig Shirmer, director of Obama's North Carolina campaign team, said."It's easier to KEEP Raven happy, than it is to MAKE Raven happy." ~~ JA
05-03-2008, 05:16 PM #10
Ah, Ha moment for me.
Durham, N.C. — The Democratic candidates in this year's race for Durham County district attorney say they can bring trust and confidence back to the office, tarnished by former prosecutor Mike Nifong and his handing of the Duke lacrosse case.
Two of the four candidates, Tracey Cline and Mitchell Garrell, worked as assistant district attorneys under Nifong as he sought for nearly a year to prosecute three former Duke University lacrosse players who were eventually cleared of charges of rape, sexual assault and kidnapping.
Garrell, a 13-year veteran of the office, said that overcoming the scandal is the biggest challenge the next district attorney faces.
He should have known better then, imo.
"My top priority is to restore confidence in the judicial system," he said. "I think this is a process that will take, frankly, over two years."
It sure will, buddy.
“I would want to lead by example," he added. "There has never been any issue with discovery, candor with the court, anything other than openness with the criminal defense bar in my history there.”
Complet BS, imo. I have nothing to back up this statement of mine, just a gut feeling.
Cline, a sex crimes prosecutor in Durham for more than a decade, said the case is part of the city's history.
"So, I don't think we can separate ourselves," she said. "I think we can learn from it and move on."
Neither do I. Therefore you're out!
Bold and purple, points in the article that I wanted to bring out.
Bold and pink, my personal snarky remarks.
"It's easier to KEEP Raven happy, than it is to MAKE Raven happy." ~~ JA
05-04-2008, 12:58 PM #11
Ads spice DA's race, Two rivals target Nifong assistant
Both Cline and Mitchell Garrell, the other assistant district attorney seeking the elected post, have been forced to answer questions about their ties to Nifong, their former boss.
Black, a former prosecutor who was pushed out of the District Attorney's Office by Nifong, has not been satisfied with Cline's assertions that she had nothing to do with the lacrosse case.
In one campaign mailer, Black tries to win over voters with pictures of Cline and the slogan "Don't Get Nifonged Again."
~~ end clip"It's easier to KEEP Raven happy, than it is to MAKE Raven happy." ~~ JA
05-06-2008, 01:03 PM #12
Wow, so I'm trying to keep an eye on the race and you know how things get a bit over-shadowed when it comes to Janet, isn't it a bit ironic that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama showed up Monday in North Carolina.
At this point nobody is on top of the DA Race and this race is more important to me than the race between Clinton & Obama. I would love to see a woman president one day and I would love to see an African American President, Just not sure if these two are the ones I want.
Now to the nitty gritty of my feelings for DA.
Tracey Cline I have strong feelings against because it has been shown that there were ties to Nifong and that she was directly involved in the Duke case on more than one occasion. I do not think she has the qualifications to be a DA.
Mitch Garrell has quite a bit of experience in prosecuting murder cases and though he worked for the DA's office, just looking at the dockets, he was too busy to be involved with all that and I think his record shows he's an upstanding guy.
My only issue with Mitch Garrell is his aversion and his unwillingness to prosecuting "Capital Punishment" cases. Janet and her unborn child were both murdered, though at this point the law doesn't see Janet's unborn child as a separate murder in North Carolina (yet...) however the guy that killed Janet and Janet's baby deserves the most severe punishment allowable and hopefully Life without the Possibility of Parole would do it. If he wins, can he turn the DA's office around and get rid of the Nifong taint!
As long as the cold-blooded murderer is behind bars forever, that's all I care about and Mitch Garrell does have expertise in prosecuting murders.
Keith Bishop has spent most of his time filing law suits some petty some not, I just don't see him as someone that will be tough on crime and he has no experience when it comes to the tough job of being a DA.
Freda Black, is tough as nails and outspoken and I think she could also do the job and has expertise like Mitch Garrell. Freda Black doesn't back down from hard cases and doesn't fear hard work.
My biggest worry is that the men in government can handle such a strong outspoken woman. Seems like there is such a good ole boy system and that women's thoughts, opinions are not regarded as highly as a mans out there and if she wins can she get the respect a DA deserves to have everyone working together.
Right now it's anyone's race and I just pray whoever becomes the DA finds it in their heart to look into Janet's case with open eyes, a strong desire to prosecute and has the full capabilities of prosecuting this case to the fullest extent of the law.
05-06-2008, 01:13 PM #13
Oh, Trix, I knew you would have good/bad opinions of each of the candidates. Thanks for chiming in. It feels strange to be following an election so far away from me.
I just want the whole thing to be over and for Durham to have an outstanding DA who isn't afraid to do the right thing."It's easier to KEEP Raven happy, than it is to MAKE Raven happy." ~~ JA
05-06-2008, 09:26 PM #14
Looks like Tracey Cline is winning the elections with 68% in.
Here's hoping that those in the know really believe she is the best candidate. I hope she is not afraid of taking on circumstantial evidence cases and not afraid of giving it her all and does everything in her power to show that she is a woman of integrity and does want to do what is best for the City of Durham, the People of Durham and that she will fight for Justice for those that really truly deserve Justice like Janet and her unborn child.
05-07-2008, 10:38 AM #15
Two years after Mike Nifong began his ill-fated pursuit of the Duke lacrosse rape case, voters in Durham County are turning to one of his colleagues to lead the district attorney's office past the scandal.
Tracey Cline — an assistant to the prosecutor who resigned in disgrace for his handling of the investigation — won the Democratic primary for district attorney Tuesday night, beating three challengers in an election that focused as much on a trouble-filled past as the future.
With all but one precinct counted, Cline had 46 percent of the vote in unofficial results. Former prosecutor Freda Black was second with 34 percent, while private practice lawyer Keith Bishop was third with 13 percent. Mitchell Garrell, also an assistant district attorney, had 7 percent.
No Republicans are in the race, making it likely Cline will claim the office made infamous by Nifong and his disastrous prosecution of three Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape.
snipped you can read the rest of the story at link above
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