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Nifong Found Guilty – Contends For 2006 Ass of the Year

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”.

Via CNN:

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.

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  3. Nuf says:

    It’s a sad thing when innocent people go through such an ordeal. But it seems to me, that the prosecutor was doing his job. His job simply is to put people in jail for as long he is able, or in some cases even to have them executed. I know many Americans have heard of cases where people have spent 15-25 years in prison only to have DNA evidence set them free. Why aren’t the prosecutors in theses cases disbared?

  4. JanieBelle says:

    Hi Nuf.

    It’s a question of intent. It’s one thing to have a ton of evidence that points to a suspect, prosecute them, get a conviction, then find out later that there was a mistake.

    Mike Nifong clearly had definitive proof in his hands that the suspects were not guilty, yet pressed ahead with the prosecution for obviously political purposes.

    See this post for just a quick summary. The full extent of his culpability is much, much worse than that summary.

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