Via CNN, some highlights:
RALEIGH, North Carolina (CNN) — The prosecutor in the Duke University lacrosse team rape case was disbarred Saturday for unethical conduct, and the chairman of the disciplinary committee blamed “political ambition” for his downfall.
Earlier Saturday, the panel of the North Carolina State Bar concluded that Durham County, North Carolina, District Attorney Mike Nifong violated more than a dozen ethics rules in prosecuting the case against the now-exonerated players.
“This matter has been a fiasco,” said disciplinary committee chairman F. Lane Williamson. “It seems that at the root of it is self-deception arising out of self-interest.
“We had a prosecutor who was faced with a very unusual situation in which the confluence of his self-interest collided with a very volatile mix of race, sex and class.”
“We are in unanimous agreement there is no discipline short of disbarment that would be appropriate in this case, given the magnitude of the offenses we have found and the effect upon the profession and the public,” Williamson said.
Williamson said that racially inflammatory remarks Nifong made last year “were to further his political ambition.” The three athletes are white, and their accuser is black.
And certainly appropriate:
One of those testifying Saturday was Evans’ father, David Charles Evans, who said the ordeal caused extreme stress to him and his family.
Evans said his son “believes that when he dies, no matter what he does in his life, he will be [remembered as] one of the three Duke players accused of rape.”
State Bar prosecutor Douglas Brocker told the committee that “Mr. Nifong did not act as a minister of justice, but as a minister of injustice,” AP reported.
After the hearing, attorneys for the exonerated lacrosse players said they would push for criminal charges against Nifong.
“I don’t think that any of us are done with Mr. Nifong yet,” said Jim Cooney, Seligmann’s attorney.
Good luck on all counts fellas. Here’s a thought about what he could do while sitting in jail…
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