A RESPONSE TO JUSTICE4JACK
Blogger Justice4Jack, with her statement "Nifong is but ONE of the MANY unscrupulous knaves," made the point that I have been trying to make." Her statement supports my premise that Mr. Nifong was selectively treated by the state. And he was selectively punished because the defendants he prosecuted in the Duke Lacrosse case came from families of wealth, status, and privilege. The many prosecutors who trample on the rights and deny justice for defendants who are disenfranchised, of color, and/or poor, are not held accountable for their actions and are not disciplined.
Mr. Nifong is the ONLY prosecutor to be disbarred by North Carolina State Bar since its inception, and he was selectively disciplined because he followed the principle of "equal justice for all" instead of the state’s tenet of "selective justice based on Class and Color." Other unscrupulous knave prosecutors who have acted more egregiously than Mr. Nifong, and whose actions have resulted in their defendants suffering greater injustice than Mr. Nifong’s (including incarceration), have been given a pass by the State Bar and the attorney general. If the State Bar was to objectively hold all of the state prosecutors to the same standards as those used to disbar Mr. Nifong (because of his actions in the Duke Lacrosse case), then the number of state prosecutors would be completely depleted.
I commiserate with you regarding the loss of your brother and the inability of the authorities to apprehend his murderer. I would like to encourage you to join me and the "Committee on Justice for Mike Nifong" in fighting for justice, equal justice for all. As opposed to fighting crime, a justice fighter focuses attention on the actions of the state and courts to assure that equal justice for all is meted out. The state of North Carolina has failed many of its innocent citizens (such as James Arthur Johnson, Alan Gell, Lee Wayne Hunt, Dwayne Dail, Darryl Hunt, Erick Daniels, Floyd Brown, to name a few), including former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong.
One way in which you can proactively work for justice and to help fight crime would be to encourage the state of North Carolina to take responsibility for its deleterious actions against James Arthur Johnson. In 2004, Mr. Johnson, an African American teenager, went against the "no snitch" rule of the streets, and gave Wilson police information that led to the arrest and conviction of the killer/rapist/robber of Wilson teenager Brittany Willis. Although I believe that he was not motivated to come forward to the police in order to receive the twenty thousand dollar ($20,000.00) reward offered by the family and friends of Brittany Willis, he did earn it. Because of mishandling of the case by Wilson prosecutor Bill Wolfe (in which Mr. Wolfe falsely vilified and charged Johnson as the perpetrator of the case), the family and friends of Brittany Willis have reneged on paying the reward (despite the fact that those charges were dropped). I believe that the friends and family of Brittany Willis offered the reward in good faith, but due to misconduct by prosecutors, they decided otherwise.
I believe that an offer of reward money for information about a crime is important to the armament in fighting crime. The state should step up and take responsibility for paying the reward money to Mr. Johnson in the Willis case. If reward offers are to be taken credibly, Mr. Johnson should receive the reward for his service to the police and community. Join us in writing to Attorney General Cooper and other state officials to see that Mr. Johnson is rewarded. Mr. Johnson, a private citizen, came forward and offered information to solve a murder. I hope that in the future someone comes forward with information that will provide a lead to solve the murder of your brother and give you the closure you deserve.