- The Washington Times - Friday, April 13, 2007

Noble: North Carolina State’s Attorney Roy Cooper, for throwing out bogus charges against three Duke University lacrosse players.

Thanks to Mr. Cooper, the nightmare is now over for Reade Seligmann of Essex Falls, N.J., David F. Evans of Bethesda and Collin Finnerty of Garden City, N.Y. They had been charged with the kidnapping and sexual assault of Crystal Gail Mangum and were railroaded by Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong. The runaway prosecutor began his crusade to find the “bunch of hooligans,” as he called them, but the accuser’s story kept changing. The evidence was lacking. In spite of all this, Mr. Nifong charged on, earning a December ethics violation for which he faces disbarment.

At the Wednesday press conference to announce that charges are being dropped, Mr. Cooper scolded Mr. Nifong for his “bravado” in pushing a case he couldn’t make. Mr. Nifong, who was up for re-election during the proceedings, clearly wanted to look good for voters. In response, Mr. Cooper wants to give the North Carolina Supreme Court authority to remove runaway prosecutors in the future. For Mr. Nifong’s part, at least he has apologized.

Here in the United States, the accused are innocent until proven guilty. Thankfully, there are judicious men like Mr. Cooper to ensure it.

For ending the Duke lacrosse media circus, Roy Cooper is the Noble of the Week.

Knave: Residents of Littleton, Colo. who oppose a statue honoring fallen Navy SEAL Danny Dietz.

In June 2005, Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Dietz, 25, was wounded in Afghanistan in an al Qaeda ambush. He managed to hold off the attackers for nearly an hour, allowing a fellow SEAL to escape, after which he succumbed to his very severe injuries. Posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his valor, he will soon be honored in his hometown of Littleton with a bronze statue of the young serviceman holding his rifle — a brave pose for a brave man who sacrificed his life in the line of duty.

Unfortunately, this week, the location of the statue has become a point of contention. The unveiling is scheduled for July 4 in a park that is adjacent to three schools and is a few miles from Columbine High School. where in 1999 two teens killed 12 students and a teacher in a massacre that shook the country. Critics suggest that a statue with a gun should not be in such close proximity to impressionable children, especially in light of the fresh memories of Columbine.

Petty Officer Dietz grew up in Littleton and attended school in the buildings adjacent to the park, and his statue can serve as an inspiration to be a hero for the children who will walk by him daily. Perhaps those opposed to the statue would do well to explain to their impressionable children the difference between a hero who defends his country proudly and with a rifle and a coward who uses weapons to terrorize and murder innocent people. Luckily, the unveiling is right on schedule.

For dishonoring a hero, the folks in Littleton, Colo. who oppose the statue of Danny Dietz are the Knaves of the Week.

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