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Spectator Removed From Nifong Ethics Proceedings

Posted June 12, 2007

— Proceedings were delayed briefly Tuesday afternoon in the ethics trial of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong when security officers had to remove a woman from the court.

Victoria Peterson, who says she is a political activist in Durham, has loudly supported Nifong over the past year, having publicly said the district attorney has been treated unfairly because he tried to help a black woman.

According to sources in the courtroom, Maryellen Finnerty, the mother of Collin Finnerty, one of three men indicted and charged in the Duke lacrosse case, felt threatened when Peterson started speaking loudly.

Hearing commission chair F. Lane Williamson, who did not cite Peterson by name, said only that a "security issue" led officials to remove one person who won't be allowed back.


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  • ifcdirector Jun 13, 2007

    Nifong never had any intention of helping a "black woman" or any other American who happened to be any color whatsoever. What he did intend to do, like most liberals are guilty of, is help himself to the votes of Durham citizens by playing the race card himself and poorly at that. When will liberals like Nifong learn that they are not helping anyone with their policies and untruths particularly minorities or the disadvantaged but especially themselves when they engabe in typical self-serving behavior?

  • thegreatsilly1 Jun 13, 2007

    deport her too

  • RRsaidso Jun 13, 2007

    Stone Her

  • swisher1 Jun 13, 2007

    Have any charges been brought against Ms. Mangum for lying to prosecutors? If not, they need to be. That's something we've heard very little about - what a piece of GARBAGE.........

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 13, 2007

    AuntySocial : Excellent post. My sentiments exactly.

  • goat1of2 Jun 13, 2007

    I think the real problem here is that because a black woman made up rape charges, it will be that much harder for ANY woman, black or white, to be taken seriously when she charges "rape" in the future. That's the real injustice.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Jun 13, 2007

    "It's time for the public/people to take back the court system."

    What exactly does that mean? Villagers with flaming torches?

  • Evil People Play the Lottery Jun 13, 2007

    Ha Ha ... remove them all from the court .. then from Durham !!!

  • Scarecrow Cow Jun 13, 2007

    AuntySocial, you hit the nail right on the head.

  • tobias Jun 12, 2007

    It is sort of poetic justice for Nifong to him to have a black woman playing the race card on his behalf in this case. How sad!!