Mike Nifong was found guilty of pretty much everything of which he was accused by the bar.
He characterized some of his statements like when he called the Duke lacrosse players “a bunch of lacrosse players from Duke raping a black girl” as maybe getting “carried away a little bit”.
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Mike Nifong broke several rules of professional conduct during his disastrous prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape, committing “deceit and misrepresentations,” a disciplinary committee ruled Saturday.
The committee must now decide if the longtime prosecutor in Durham County, who has already pledged to resign his post as district attorney, should be stripped of his law license.
The North Carolina State Bar charged Nifong with breaking several rules of professional conduct, including lying to both the court and bar investigators and withholding critical DNA test results from the players’ defense attorneys.
The committee, after deliberating for a little more than an hour, unanimously agreed with the bar on almost every charge — including the most serious allegations — that Nifong’s actions involved “dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation.”
“Mr. Nifong did not act as a minister of justice, but as a minister of injustice,” state bar prosecutor Douglas Brocker said Saturday morning in his closing statement.
Brocker told the disciplinary hearing committee that as Nifong investigated allegations that a stripper was raped at a March 2006 party thrown by Duke’s lacrosse team, he charged “forward toward condemnation and injustice,” weaving a “web of deception that has continued up through this hearing.”
The bar charged Nifong, a prosecutor in Durham County for his entire three-decade legal career, with breaking several rules of professional conduct, including lying to both the court and bar investigators and withholding critical DNA test results from the players’ defense attorneys.
Nifong acknowledged Friday he was likely to be punished by the disciplinary committee for maybe getting “carried away a little bit” when talking publicly about the case. He said he regretted some of his statements, including a confident proclamation that he wouldn’t allow Durham to become known for “a bunch of lacrosse players from Duke raping a black girl.”
Dame Wiggly Butt has a very equitable idea for his sentencing.
I like it.