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Monday, April 17, 2006
Ham Sandwich Not Indicted Either--Updated!

This is pretty interesting:

A Durham grand jury issued a list of indictments this afternoon that did not include members of the Duke University lacrosse team.

District Attorney Mike Nifong had been widely anticipated to seek charges today from the grand jury after an escort service dancer told police more than a month ago that she was sexually assaulted by three men at a lacrosse team party.

It was unclear whether any indictments were issued under seal -- a rare move -- or whether the case was among 24 carried over to a grand jury session two weeks from today.

Nifong sounds just a little testy in this ironic exchange:

Just after noon, Nifong emerged from his office and walked straight across the hallway to the bathroom.

Reporters swiftly surrounded the bathroom door, a crowd that included five television cameras, three still photographers, sound men with boom microphones and at least a dozen print reporters.

When the toilet flushed, the group tensed, raised cameras and prepared. Nifong did not emerge with news.

"I no longer get to go anywhere in my community without people knowing who I am," Nifong said. "I wish you could find me a way to give me my anonymity back."

Ironic of course, because the Duke lacrosse players would probably ask for the same thing.

Other reactions:

La Shawn Barber: At any rate, it’s not over until the grand jury indicts or throws out the case if Mike Nifong sent the case to the grand jury. There’s no confirmation. Now he decides to clam up.

Sister Toljah points us to bizarre news: Jesse Jackson has offered to pay the "victim's" tuition.

Jeralyn Merrit: Some tv reports indicate sealed indictments. Also: What's so silly about this is that sealed indictments are usually handed down to avoid tipping off a suspect who might flee if he got advance word. The prosecutor seems to be milking this for all it's worth.

Update: This report by ABC News casts further doubt on the allegations:

On the tape, the guard recounts the conversation she had with the the dancer who came into the store: The woman told the guard she was driving down the street and heard people yelling racial slurs at a woman she had never met before, then, out of sympathy, she picked up the woman and brought her to the Kroger parking lot.

This contradicts the scenario that the two women were dancing together for lacrosse players earlier that night. ABC News has seen photos of both women dancing in the house at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd.
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