D.A. in Duke lacrosse case disbarred

first_imgWilliamson said it appeared that throughout his investigation, Nifong was looking for any evidence to link a lacrosse player to the accuser’s story in order to support his initial comments that he was sure an attack occurred. “He’s already out there,” Williamson said. “He’s way out there by then. He looks foolish if he does not go forward.” One of the most serious ethics violations Nifong was found to have committed involved his failure to turn over DNA test results that identified genetic material from several men – but no members of the lacrosse team – in the accuser’s underwear and body. In court documents and hearings in May, June and September, Nifong told two different judges that he had no more evidence that could be considered helpful to the defense. Nifong said he didn’t realize the defense hadn’t been given all the DNA test results until December – a suggestion Williamson found laughable. “He knew. He admits he knew,” Williamson said during Nifong attorney Dudley Witt’s closing argument. “How could he not know if he had read it? How could he not know?” Witt admitted his client made “multiple, egregious mistakes.” He insisted none was made intentionally. “It didn’t click,” Witt said as he tried to explain away one of Nifong’s errors. “His mind is just his mind. That’s the way it works. It just didn’t click.” Along with accusing Nifong of withholding the DNA evidence and making misleading and inflammatory comments about the three athletes, the North Carolina State Bar said he lied to both the court and bar investigators. The committee found Nifong broke the state’s rules of professional conduct more than two dozen times. “I would say there are no winners in this scenario,” said Kevin Finnerty, Collin’s father. “With that said, I think there’s closure. I think it’s appropriate and I think it’s justice. “I think he brought it on himself.” The players’ defense attorneys have pledged to seek criminal contempt charges next week in Durham from a judge who has already reminded Nifong that he has the authority to impose punishment. They suggested that the calls for a federal civil-rights investigation were not out of line. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Williamson specifically cited Nifong’s comments in the early days of the case, which included a confident proclamation at a candidate forum that he wouldn’t allow Durham to become known for “a bunch of lacrosse players from Duke raping a black girl.” He also called the lacrosse team “a bunch of hooligans” at one point. Appointed district attorney in 2005, Nifong was in a tight race for the office when a stripper told police she was raped at the party. “At the time he was facing a primary, and, yes, he was politically naive,” Williamson said. “But we can draw no other conclusion that those initial statements he made were to further his political ambitions.” During the ethics trial, Nifong acknowledged he knew there was no DNA evidence connecting Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty to the 28-year-old accuser when he indicted them on charges of rape, sexual offense and kidnapping. Nifong later charged Dave Evans with the same crimes. But months later, state prosecutors concluded that the three players were “innocent” – a fact Williamson hammered home Saturday. “We acknowledge the actual innocence of the defendants, and there’s nothing here that has done anything but support that assertion,” Williamson said. RALEIGH, N.C. – District Attorney Mike Nifong was disbarred Saturday for his “selfish” rape prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players – a politically motivated act, his judges said, that he inexplicably allowed to fester for months after it was clear the defendants were innocent. “This matter has been a fiasco. There’s no doubt about it,” said F. Lane Williamson, the chairman of the three-member disciplinary committee that stripped the veteran prosecutor of his state law license. Even Nifong and his attorneys supported the decision, though the veteran prosecutor refused to admit to the end that no crime occurred at a March 2006 lacrosse team party. The committee said Nifong manipulated the investigation to boost his chances of winning his first election for Durham County district attorney. In doing so, he committed “a clear case of intentional prosecutorial misconduct” that involved “dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation.” last_img read more

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VIDEO: Alessandro Florenzi scores incredible goal for Roma against Barcelona

first_imgFlorenzi with a wonderful goal for AS Roma pic.twitter.com/NKF9FPayh7— Soccer 7 (@Socceer7) September 16, 2015 Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi has perhaps shown what you will have to do this season to score against Barcelona.The Italy international picked up the ball on the halfway line and drove a thunderous shot past Barca stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.I suppose this is one way you ensure you steal the headlines when on a pitch it Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.last_img

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Spruced-up Encounter Restaurant to reopen Monday at LAX

first_imgFor now, all the white plaster has been removed from the Theme Building’s arches as crews examine and reinforce the steel cores as part of a $10 million repair project. “It’s kind of scary to be in here because of all the construction going on,” said Zarmina Bashir, who has worked as a waitress at Encounter for three years. “I mean, we know it’s safe,” she said. “But if people walk by and see all this, they might be scared to come in.” That fear has prompted the restaurant’s operators to reopen for only a few hours each day until the clientele builds up again, according to Connie Bass, marketing director for Encounter. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Phone and Internet reservations will help gauge whether to stay open longer, Bass said. “We’ve been getting calls from people around the world asking about the progress, when the restaurant will reopen,” Bass said. “We were told the scaffolding will be up for a while, which is one reason we’re easing back into our schedule.” The Theme Building was built in the 1950s at a cost of $2.2 million, finally opening in 1961. The building was last renovated in 1999, when the platform’s underside and the bottom of the restaurant were shored up at a cost of $3 million. “The arches weren’t exposed back then, but I still feel totally safe here,” said Eleanor Ramos, a 37-year-old waitress at Encounter for more than a decade. “It just feels good to be back.” The City Council designated the Theme Building as a cultural and historic monument in 1992, meaning it cannot be significantly altered. That has posed a challenge to architects and engineers as they examine ways to make improvements to accommodate the handicapped at the Theme Building’s entrance, parking lot and elevators, according to Airport Commissioner Fernando Torres-Gil, a survivor of childhood polio who uses crutches and a wheelchair. “It was unique when it was built, but our staff is looking at accessibility with the boundaries of working with an historic structure,” Torres-Gil said. “I want to make full use of all the facilities here, so my disability allows me to have special insight into what needs to be improved.” Torres-Gil said Americans with Disabilities Act improvements have also been worked into the $720 million renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, where airline ticket counters and restrooms will be upgraded.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Space Age-style Encounter Restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport is scheduled to reopen Monday, allowing visitors to look out the window and catch a glimpse of construction workers shoring up the iconic Theme Building. But the restaurant’s 360-degree, panoramic views of runways, airplanes and the Pacific Ocean will be partially eclipsed by scaffolding that now envelopes the spidery structure. While construction continues on the outside of the Theme Building until fall 2008, improvements are finished inside the Encounter, complete with a fresh coat of paint, new multicolored carpet and a new set of blue and red chairs in the dining room. “Since there were renovations being done to the outside of the restaurant, we decided to spend a little money on the inside and give it a new face,” said Kenneth Merritt, operations manager for the restaurant since 2001. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “You can’t pick a better time to reopen, with this being the holiday season,” Merritt said. “We’re very excited.” The first sign of trouble at the Theme Building came in late February, when a 1,000-pound piece of stucco fell from one of the upper arches and crashed into the structure’s main platform, just a few feet from the Encounter Restaurant’s roof. Nobody was hurt, but the loud thud startled diners. By early March, airport engineers had examined the tops of the arches and found rust spreading through the metal support system. The damage was likely caused by water that seeped past the plaster seams and rusted the underlying metal structure. As a precaution, diners were escorted from the restaurant during the dinner rush. No one has been back to eat there since. last_img read more

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Howard Webb calls for video technology after Raheem Sterling penalty incident

first_img Sterling was denied an obvious spot-kick after Kyle Walker pushed him 1 Former Premier League referee Howard Webb thinks there is a case for more technology being brought into football to help officials with penalty decisions.Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling was denied what seemed an obvious penalty against Tottenham on Saturday when Kyle Walker pushed him in the back as he shaped to shoot.Sterling opted to carry on his run but was off balance and Hugo Lloris saved his shot before Son Heung-min equalised at the other end a minute later.The match ended in a 2-2 draw but arguably the course of the match, and result, could have been very different in a game between two sides vying for the title.Referee Andre Marriner also decided not to send off Walker, and Webb, who was speaking as a pundit on BT Sport 1, believes a video referee could help in these situations.“You will see the push incident on Sterling and see that it should have been a penalty and red card,” Webb said. “But trying to put myself in his (Marriner’s) shoes, it was a quick break and he was some distance away.“He’s probably not expecting a push from Kyle Walker, he’s expecting a trip or last-ditch tackle. Maybe he doesn’t really see from behind? The assistant should see it.“Then he’s got to make a judgement – how much has that impacted on Sterling? He’s still got his shot away and makes a good connection with the ball but you’ve got to make the link about how much that has affected him.“Maybe again it’s another case for some form of technology to come in so we can go back to Andre in that situation and say ‘stop the game, that’s a penalty and a red card’. Not because it’s one of those marginal calls – we saw earlier Sterling go down with (Victor) Wanyama.“That’s a marginal call and some people will think that should be a penalty. On balance I thought it wasn’t but you can make a case both ways.“On this one you can’t, it’s clearly a strong push that affects Sterling’s chance to get a shot away and the video referee would have come back and said ‘give the penalty, send him off’ and Man City go on at 3-1.”last_img read more

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FEMA rethinks eviction for Katrina’s displaced

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2More than 38,000 families in Mississippi are living in FEMA trailers or mobile homes. They are allowed to live in them for up to 18 months after the Aug. 29 hurricane, which demolished tens of thousands of Gulf Coast homes. In Louisiana, FEMA has checked several thousands of about 75,000 trailers to see whether occupants are eligible to live there. Only a “small percentage” were deemed ineligible for FEMA assistance and given 30 days to vacate their trailers, said agency spokesman Ross Fredenburg. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., said FEMA should follow up with families who may have left when they received an eviction notice. BILOXI, Miss. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is checking whether thousands of families in Mississippi and Louisiana are eligible for the government-issued trailers they’re living in, but officials have stepped back from evicting hundreds of the families. In Mississippi, FEMA sent out “termination notices” to about 500 of the 3,000 families the agency suspected were ineligible for trailers intended for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina, according to agency spokesman Eugene Brezany. Those letters, mailed in late April and early May, notified families they had 30 days to vacate and 60 days to appeal the ruling. However, Brezany said the agency has stopped mailing those notices – and the deadlines for families to vacate trailers no longer apply. Instead, FEMA is meeting individually with families to determine whether they are eligible for emergency housing or must move out of their trailers and find more permanent housing. “We’re solving a lot of problems as we do that,” Brezany said of the meetings. “We’re finding a lot of documentation.” Some residents are not eligible for FEMA trailers because their “primary residence” was not destroyed by Katrina or they are not legally in the country, according to Brezany. Other households may have received multiple trailers when they were eligible for only one, he added. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Another win for lacklustre England as Kane’s penalty downs Lithuania

first_img1 Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot England once again disappointed in victory as Gareth Southgate’s men stuttered against Lithuania in the final competitive match before next summer’s World Cup.Qualification for the finals in Russia may have been wrapped up with a game to spare, but there was only a modicum of positivity surrounding the Three Lions after Thursday’s ponderous performance against Slovenia.Southgate shouldered the responsibility and hoped to make amends with an entertaining display against Lithuania, yet Harry Kane’s first-half penalty was the only moment to celebrate as England won 1-0 against the side ranked 120th in the world.The main enjoyment for the travelling hordes were the struggles of old foes Scotland in Slovenia, while they resorted to gallows humour by likening England’s play to watching Brazil – next month’s opponents at Wembley after world champions Germany’s visit.Those friendlies could make for grim viewing from an England perspective unless things drastically improve from this week, with captain Kane’s performances among few genuine positives.The 24-year-old striker made it 15 goals in his last 10 matches for club and country by slotting home what proved to be the first-half winner after Dele Alli won a penalty.Tottenham team-mate Harry Winks showed promise on his senior debut, but the three-man defence clearly needs work given by the number of times Jack Butland was worked as an unbeaten Group F campaign ended limply.England’s travelling hordes gave polite applause at the end, with many fans still bedecked in ponchos as rain fell for the majority of the night in Vilnius.Unfortunately, the Three Lions’ display was as drab as the weather in the first half as an experimental side dominated possession without the necessary bite.Things could have been different had debutant Harry Maguire connected with an early header, but it was Lithuania taking the great risks in pushing for an opener.Arvydas Novikovas was proving a nuisance and Darvydas Sernas nearly capitalised on a defensive slip, going close from left-back Vytautas Andriuskevicius’ fine cross.Butland, making his second competitive appearance at the venue of his first, comfortably held on to a strike by Ovidijus Verbickas – the player guilty of gifting England a 27th-minute lead.Michael Keane’s snapshot wide was a warning shot that appeared to rattle Lithuania momentarily, with Verbickas downing Alli in the box.In-form Kane stepped up to fire home the resulting penalty, hitting a fierce, low shot out of Ernestas Setkus’ reach and off the inside of the post.The England captain saw another attempt blocked, before debutant Winks played a quick pass down the line for Marcus Rashford.The Manchester United forward showed quick feet and got away an effort that called Lithuania’s goalkeeper into action.Butland appeared to get a touch on a fine Fedor Cernych half-volley that rippled the netting as an underwhelming first half came to an end.Winks showed composure to jink into space and test Setkus when play resumed after the break, only for Butland to be forced into a fine one-handed save to prevent Keane turning into his own goal in the 55th minute.Sernas was unable to provide a finishing touch when Lithuania had attempts of their own.Alli flashed over at the end of a well-worked move that was followed by chants of ‘It’s just like watching Brazil’. Scotland’s issues were also providing amusement for the fans.Setkus clawed away Aaron Creswell’s goalbound header from a Jordan Henderson cross, while Kane dragged just wide of the Lithuania goal as England pushed for a second.Alli headed well wide and substitute Daniel Sturridge fashioned himself a late chance, only to strike into the side-netting.Substitute Deivydas Matulevicius had England hearts in mouths when running through only to shoot straight at Butland, with Sturridge glancing wide and seeing a close-range effort blocked before full-time.last_img read more

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Rangers defender Declan John completes move to Swansea

first_imgRangers defender Declan John has moved to Swansea.The defender departs after just a year at Ibrox, as Steven Gerrard’s revamp of his squad continues.The full-back has played over 20 matches in the last year but with the signings of Borna Barisic and Jon Flanagan, and uncertainty over the future of Lee Wallace, Rangers were willing to let him go.Kenny Miller, Bruno Alves, Harry Forrester, Michael O’Halloran, David Bates and Fabio Cardoso, Joe Dodoo, Jason Holt and Greg Dochery have already left the club this summer either permanently or on loan, with 11 players arriving at Ibrox.last_img

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Three Vehicle Crash Claims One Life

first_imgBoth trucks are owned by Milestone Construction out of Indianapolis.  A semi-tractor/trailer rig failed to slow or follow traffic signs and hit the left rear of the actuator, side swiped the Freightliner and then sideswiped the pickup truck and the trailer.  The semi rig continued northbound and drove off the right side of the roadway, rolled onto its left side and came to rest.  The driver of the semi rig was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clinton County Coroner.  No one else was injured in the crash.  It is unknown at this time of vehicle information on the semi.  Notification of family is pending.  Both of the other two vehicles sustained damage but appear to be drivable.  The trailer on the pickup was destroyed. The investigation is continuing.  This is a construction area with ample signs and markings along the roadway to notify drivers of the construction ahead.  Slow down while traveling through construction zone.  The life you save may be your own. This morning at about 1:00 a.m. on I-65 northbound near the 160 mile marker (that is two miles north of the SR 28/158 exit), a three vehicle crash has claimed the life of a semi driver. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Peter Stephens has revealed that a 2007 Freightliner truck driven by Eric L. Woudema, 44 of Rensselaer, IN, was NB partially blocking the right lane.  He was pulling an actuator with a lighted arrow board on the truck directing traffic into the left lane.  A second vehicle, 2015 Chevrolet pickup driven by Troy D. Whitkanack, 47 of Fairbanks, IN was pulling a trailer with two construction workers picking up traffic cones.  last_img read more

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Law 2.0 News: Mumboe Uses Semantics To Pull Key Data From Contracts

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts sarah perez Tags:#enterprise#Product Reviews#web Mumboe isn’t just another enterprise collaboration suite. Instead, they focus on doing one thing and doing it well: making business agreements searchable. That’s a very unique need they fill, which is why is why they already have 3000 customers using their free Express solution after only having launched earlier this spring. To compete with the handful of other vendors in this narrow space, Mumboe has now added a new feature called On-Demand Contract Intelligence, which takes advantage of the service’s semantic processing engine to deliver something the others don’t: automatic extraction of data. In these uncertain times, there has been a lot of speculation about what sort of web apps will survive the U.S. financial crisis. Clones and other sites offering little to no value may disappear, but ones that offer something unique may have a shot. Those that deliver something of value to a business may be even more likely to weather the storm. Although Mumboe hasn’t been the only business contract management solution around – others like EchoSign, DocuSign, and Entrust, for example are also available – their competitors tend to offer document management through the use of digital signatures. What Mumboe does is different – business agreement tracking and management. Through their dashboard you can keep tabs on upcoming and past-due tasks as well as deadlines. You can also create, view, or search for agreements in your online database. Now Mumboe is introducing another feature that lets them stand from the crowd out even more than before: On-Demand Contract Intelligence. Auto-Extracting DataTo use this new feature, you begin by uploading documents into Mumboe as usual, a process that involves nothing more than browsing for the file on your PC and uploading it to Mumboe. The OCR software in the system will scan the document’s text and make the text searchable. Once complete, you can then select the new “Auto Extract” button which lets you automatically extract the key details from the document such as the parties involved and the agreement term. Those details are displayed for your reference along with the exact place in the document where they were found. You’ll also be able to see an excerpt of the text contains those key words and phrases. You can choose to save the data as is or edit it as you see fit. If the system extracts terms you don’t need to track, you can simply discard those items and keep the rest. When you’re finished, just click “Done.” Pulling out the details: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why This MattersFor consumers and every one else outside the target audience, Mumboe and other similar types of applications seem dry and boring. But for those in need of better tools, mainly those working in the legal profession, they will see this auto-extract capability as one sexy new feature. Why? Because according to the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM), poorly managed contracts result in over $153 billion in missed savings and revenue per year. Give our current economic conditions, those numbers cannot be ignored. The only hurdle Mumboe has to overcome is the lawyers’ (a typically conservative bunch) fear of moving to an online application. Their, in our opinion, misguided fear and mistrust of any sort of cloud app keeps them doing business the old-fashioned way – reading through pages and pages of documents themselves instead of enlisting the aid of some “new fangled” system to help them out. But for those who do take the leap, their efficiency will increase dramatically. If there’s any occupation that understands the concept of “time is money,” law would be it, and that’s why Mumboe has a shot. How To Join the BetaThe Mumboe auto-extract features are in private beta at the moment, but you can sign up to join here: https://app.mumboe.com/registration/beta_promotion_index. Mumboe will give out invites to RWW readers exclusively.More About Mumboe:last_img read more

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