Duke Lacrosse: State Bar Rips Nifong

It just keeps getting worse and worse for Nifong (The Durham Herald Sun)

The N.C. State Bar says Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong is engaging in "semantic hair-splitting" in an effort to fend off its charges against him and contends alleged misconduct like his is "seldom, if ever, excusable."

When all is said and done, the State Bar contends in newly filed papers, Nifong violated North Carolina law, the U.S. Constitution and the Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers by misrepresenting important scientific evidence in the Duke lacrosse case and deceiving a judge about it.

I would really recommend reading the entire story. But, a few highlights of what he is accused of

  • Nifong stands accused by the State Bar of making unethical media comments about the lacrosse case in its infancy a year ago, including a suggestion that some Duke lacrosse players were "hooligans" whose alleged sexual assault on an exotic dancer was racially motivated.
  • He also is accused of withholding and misrepresenting DNA evidence favorable to three former lacrosse players indicted in the case: Collin Finnerty, Reade Seligmann and David Evans.
  • The State Bar contends Nifong lied to a judge about the exculpatory genetic results, saying he wasn't aware of the results, when he was. In addition, the State Bar says Nifong failed to meaningfully include the evidence in a report to defense attorneys, as he was required to do.
  • The State Bar accuses Nifong of "effectively arguing that he can make false statements to a court which result in the entry of an order, and then use that order that is based on his misrepresentations to claim he committed no … violation."

And, where is the ACLU? Where are all the media outlets who immediately took the maufactured side of Nifong and the plaintiff, all but finding the entire lacrosse team guilty? Will Amanda Marcotte write anything against Nifong and in support of the players Rights?

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One Response to “Duke Lacrosse: State Bar Rips Nifong”

  1. David says:

    “Will Amanda Marcotte write anything against Nifong and in support of the players Rights?”

    I’m a few cupsa caffeine shy of wide awake, but that’s a rhetorical question, right?

    🙂

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