In the state of North Carolina, repeatedly lying to several courts attempting to inflame racial tension, deceive the public as well as the courts, and convict people you know to be innocent in a effort to gain reelection and secure your pension comes with a serious price:
one day in jail.
(CNN) — Embattled former district attorney Mike Nifong was held in criminal contempt of court and sentenced to one day in jail Friday for his actions in the flawed Duke lacrosse team rape case.
Nifong must report to jail September 7, Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III said.
The judge said Nifong’s withholding of DNA evidence from defense attorneys was an affront to the integrity of the judicial system.
The evidence potentially would have cleared the three lacrosse players of sexual assault charges months before North Carolina’s attorney general dropped them in April.
The players initially were accused of raping an exotic dancer during a party last year.
The specific evidence Nifong was accused of withholding was that DNA profiles found on the alleged rape victim were from unidentified males, but did not match any of the 46 lacrosse team members.
The price for the wrongly accused and those around them?
The allegations against the players forced the cancellation of the Duke lacrosse team‘s season and cost coach Mike Pressler his job. The case also inflamed racial tensions in Durham. The three players are white, while the alleged victim is black.
What’s an affront here is that Nifong doesn’t spend five or ten years in jail, and to the best of my ability to ascertain, doesn’t even lose the aforementioned pension.
Previous UDoJ coverage of this travesty can be found here.
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