In mid-December Nifong announced the alleged victim was pregnant. (The press had kept her identity secret.) The baby was due in February, nearly 11 months after the alleged rape took place but the judge nevertheless ordered a paternity test when the baby was born.
But this was not the bombshell.
Part II of a North Carolina media scandal that echoes through today. Click here if you missed Part I.
Enter the Prosecution
Wealthy, educated and historically white Duke University always had an uneasy relationship with mostly black, hardscrabble Durham. The school had a reputation for isolation; one NC Supreme Court Justice once said “I’ve lived in North Carolina all my life except for the four years I spent at Duke.”
The division was not lost on local elected officials.
A decade ago North Carolina was home to one of the worst media and political over-reactions in history. In the ensuing hysteria, it seems everyone forgot about due process.
Ten years on it is a lesson we can apply today.
All of the principled stands businesses are suddenly taking over HB2 are actually based on sound business decisions. Trust me- I got this figured out.
So now the North Carolina economy has taken another body blow over HB2. This time it’s film companies packing up and leaving. The Dirty Dancing folks are going to dance elsewhere. Rob Reiner announced he’ll never film another project in North Carolina again. (Of course, Meathead hasn’t made a decent movie since Harry and Sally got introduced, and he probably thinks Long Leaf Pine is a new strain of bud, but that’s beside the point.)
To understand just how big a calamity this is, you have to understand North Carolina’s deep ties to the film industry.
So a lot of people have been asking what’s up with the fight on I-77 tolls. If you’ve followed the news recently you know our cause has been put on hold because we are suddenly faced with an existential threat. Not since General Beauregard loosed his cannons on Ft Sumter has the South faced a more visceral concern. If we do not solve it immediately our colleges will go broke, our economy will shrivel and Lake Norman will dry up.
I am talking, of course, about who gets to use which bathroom.