Duke Lacrosse Player Reade Seligmann Testifies at Prosecutor Nifong’s Ethics Trial

Reade Seligmann’s Full Testimony: Prosecutor Nifong’s Ethics Trial

Reade Seligmann’s Full Testimony at Prosecutor Nifong’s Ethics Trial

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Reade Seligmann testified how he was sure that the DNA tests would clear his name.  He broke into tears during his testimony, while he described finding out that he had been indicted and thinking about how he was going to manage breaking that terrible news to his mother.  Mr. Seligmann, 21, gave emotionally moving testimony about the anguish of having to face false charges that interrupted a year of his education and could have sent him to prison for 30 years.

Mr. Seligmann choked up and repeatedly wiped back tears as he described hearing the news of his indictment and telling his parents.  “My dad just fell to the floor, and I just sat on the ground,” Mr. Seligmann said.  “And I said, ‘My life is over.”

Mr. Seligmann recounted how last winter, Mr. Nifong refused to meet with his lawyer who had evidence that he was not even at the party when the assault supposedly occurred.  He said that Mr. Nifong had said he was not interested in such “fiction” and that the district attorney had “smirked” on another occasion when the evidence was offered.

Mr. Seligmann described how people in familiar restaurants, as well as on the Duke University campus, turned against him after the charges were filed.  Mr. Seligmann said people in a restaurant that he used to eat in every day, and who he considered to be his friends, put up a “Wanted” poster showing the entire Duke lacrosse team.

The feeling on campus was as lonely as you can imagine,” he said.

Immediately following the conclusion of Seligmann’s testimony, Nifong voluntarily resigned from his position as the Durham County Prosecutor.  The North Carolina State Bar has charged Nifong with withholding critical DNA test results from defense attorneys, lying to the court and Bar investigators and making misleading and inflammatory comments about the players.  If the Bar’s three-member Disciplinary Hearing Commission decides that he violated ethics rules, he could be disbarred.

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My Articles for Thursday, June 14, 2007

“Goths: Taking the Human Condition for Granted.”

A discussion of a goth persective on living. A music video by London at Night is included.

[tags: goth, goths, music, music video, dailymotion, social, cultural]

“Virginia Tech Killings Report Issued: But Why are President Bush and His Aides Smiling about It?”

President Bush receives a copy of the Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy, on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. From left in the picture are, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, the President, and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

Again, but why are they all smiling? Gross. Very, very gross.

[tags: Virginia Tech killings, Virginia Tech shootings, student killings, President Bush, Virginia Tech Report, Cho, Sueng Lui Cho]

“Victory in Massachusetts!”

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Boston Globe reports this morning that a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, which has been advanced by social conservatives, was soundly defeated today by a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature. The vote was vote 45 to 151, eliminating any chance of getting it on the ballot in November 2008.

[tags: gay, gay rights, gay pride, GLBT, rights, freedom, Massachusetts]

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Virginia Tech Killings Report Issued: But Why Do These People Look So Happy?

The Washington Post reports that President Bush received a copy of The Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy, on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D. C..  Pictured here from the left are, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, the President, and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

But why on earth are these people looking so happy about it?  Gross.

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My Articles for Saturday, June 09, 2007

Bill Clinton Addresses Harvard University’s 2007 Class Day: “I See You”

Photo of the Day: You Can’t Go Home Again

Tiny Wofford College Continues as NCAA Cinderella Team Against South Carolina

The NCAA Division I baseball championship brackets were reported this afternoon.  It was announced that the Wofford College baseball team will travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on No. 9 nationally ranked University of South Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Regionals on Friday, June 1.

The Wofford Terriers received a No. 4 seed in the Columbia regional bracket and will face No. 1 seed South Carolina at 7 p.m. in the first round of the double elimination tournament.  Wofford joins No. 2 seed North Carolina State and No. 3 seed University of North Carolina-Charlotte in the four-team field.  Initially, it had been announced that Wofford would be the No. 4 seed in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill regional bracket, but the NCAA changed its original decision and placed Wofford in the Columbia regional.

Wofford College was awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional after taking the Southern Conference championship for the first time in its school history.  After drawing a No. 9 seed in the tournament, the Terriers went on to post a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament, becoming the lowest seeded team ever to win the Southern Conference tournament.  The “yellow-brick road” to the championship included a 5-3 play-in victory over No. 8 seed Furman University, a 19-6 trouncing of No. 1 seed College of Charleston, a 12-5 triumph over No. 5 seed University of North Carolina-Greensboro and back-to-back wins of 6-2 and 4-2 over No. 7 seed The Citadel for the dramatic conference championship win.

Wofford third baseman Brandon Waring was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after knocking in 16 runs with five home runs, while batting .560 (14-for-25) over the five-game spread.  Junior pitcher Ben Austin was named to the All-Tournament Team after picking up a pair of victories in both of his starts while Waring, shortstop Michael Gilmartin and second baseman Eric Sturkie were also named to the All-Tournament Team.  Senior Austin Redwine also picked up two victories while Gilmartin and senior Charles Vartanian combined for three saves.

Brandon Waring, a first team all-conference selection, set several records while leading Wofford to the championship, including the most home runs, RBIs, hit and total bases in Southern Conference tournament history.  With 27 home runs on the year, Waring also surpassed the school and conference single season record while also setting new marks for the most homers, RBIs, hits, runs scored, extra base hits and total bases in Wofford’s history.  He is tied with The University of Texas slugger Kyle Russell for the most home runs in the country.  Also, it was announced today by Collegiate Baseball that Waring has been named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for the second time this season.

The Terriers finished the season by knocking their 106th home run of the season to become the nation’s collegiate home run leader.   Wofford will look to add more to that total when they face The University of South Carolina on Friday, which is the second-best home run hitting team in the nation with 104 homers so far this season.

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