RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — More than a year after shocking allegations emerged about Duke University’s lacrosse team, prosecutor Mike Nifong is heading to trial — as a defendant.
The North Carolina State Bar has charged Nifong, the district attorney in Durham County, with several violations of the state’s rules of professional conduct, all tied to his handling of the lacrosse case.
Among those expected to watch from the gallery of a packed North Carolina Court of Appeals courtroom are Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty, two of the once-charged and now cleared players. Several defense attorneys and family members of the three players are also expected to attend.
Nifong is expected to testify at the trial.
Nifong’s attorney, David Freedman, did not return calls seeking comment Monday. But last week, he insisted his client had no plans to heed calls from his critics to resign.
“Public opinion is not going to weigh in on how the proceeding develops and will not weigh in on the ultimate decision by the bar,” Freedman said. “Our purpose is not to sway public opinion but to present his case to the State Bar.”
If convicted, the veteran prosecutor could be disbarred.
The rest of the article can be read at the link at the beginning of this post.
My previous posts about this case can be found here.
I have several things to say about this (don’t I always?).
1. It’s about time.
2. After this is finished, there should be a criminal investigation.
3. I hope the three players sue his ass off.