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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The Ethics of Schadenfreude: Musings on Durham D.A. Mike Nifong

For the last couple of months, I've been engaging in an internal debate about schadenfreude, and wondering if it was ever justified. As indicated by the title of this post, this has been most frequently when I've thought about Durham D.A. Mike Nifong, who turned a false accusation of rape, gross violations of civil rights and, based on what I've seen, possibly several aspects of criminal law, and race-baiting into a successful reelection campaign. If there has ever been a man who truly, desperately deserved what was coming to him, not only for the harm he did to three innocent, upstanding young men but the harm he did to his city and the entire U.S. judicial system, it is Mike Nifong. Throughout my internal debates, I've finally reached a conclusion: I don't give a flying FUCK whether or not it's ethical to delight in Mike Nifong's suffering. I'll do so anyway, because he so richly deserves anything that's likely to happen to him. One of my many regrets is that Henry Rollins won't be there to serenade the 'Fong with a song that so eloquently expresses what exactly landed this rogue prosecutor in trouble. Enjoy the video.


GTX said...

This is a fantastic sound and a marvelous way to describe the truth of lying.

The cynical tone is a perfect way to say to Nifong: you can’t lie to yourself and that truth hurts you so much more… so deeply more… so more auto-destructible.
So, I command you, auto-destruct yourself in ten seconds, counting from now; 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0…

Snave said...

Excellent dose of Henry! I thoroughly enjoy the guy, and I consider his stuff Art.

And yes, Fuck the 'Fong. Parlaying something false into something like a power grab is reprehensible. I hope he gets justly rewarded for his efforts.

Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

I've been keeping up with his Bar trial this week, and he's getting completely ass-raped by the Bar and the witnesses. He even flipped off one of the lacrosse player's defense attorneys during testimony. I'm enjoying every minute of it, and once he gets disbarred, then the REAL fun begins: removal from office (an illegally suspended but still active 7A66 motion); possible prison time (if there is truly justice in NC); and lawsuits galore.