N.C. bar files ethics charges Against Nifong


The State Bar of North Carolina, the governing body for lawyers, has filed charges against Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong today. There have been many inconsistencies in the conduct by the prosecutor that may violate the code of ethics that district attorneys need obey. If Nifong did break the laws that he is paid and entrusted to uphold, he should face the full force and measure of the North Carolina Bar Association.

The North Carolina bar filed ethics charges Thursday against the prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse case, accusing him of breaking four rules of professional conduct when speaking to the reporters about the sensational case. The punishment for ethics violations can range from admonishment to disbarment. Among the rules District Attorney Mike Nifong was accused of violating was a prohibition against making comments “that have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accuser.” The charges will be heard by an independent body called the Disciplinary Hearing Commission, made up of both lawyers and non-lawyers. via the Star-News  More AP

Read NC State Bar Court Documents against Michael B. Nifong

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    11 Responses to “N.C. bar files ethics charges Against Nifong”

    1. Patti on December 28th, 2006 6:57 pm

      Good News!!!

      It’s reassuring to know that someone has their head screwed
      on straight.

      “Condemnation of the Accuser”

      Isn’t that the same as victim assassination?

      Karin Jaansen: Check it out! This is what we do to
      prosecutors that don’t uphold the law and protect victim’s

    2. tuyvnsurvivor on December 28th, 2006 7:46 pm

      Perhaps the good in all this is notice will be served to prosecutors everywhere, that they can be held accountable. During this process it has been heard that prosecutors are exempt and untouchable. No one should be untouchable…not jurors, witnesses, judges, cops, nobody. Checks and balances was the original intentions of our system, because we truely want the system to work fairly. If not, we should pick a lottery to advise who is to be lynched next.

    3. Patti on December 28th, 2006 8:35 pm

      Wait a minute: I read the complaint. It is not a
      complaint about the assassination of the victim in this
      case, but rather the condemnation of the accused. Wow?

      Perhaps we would all be better served if our prosecutors
      stuck to their jobs and stopped trying their cases in the

      Time for a “gag” order… for BOTH sides.

    4. MOLLY on December 28th, 2006 9:48 pm

      NiFong put his foot in his mouth and a podiatrist is searching for the correct way to remove it. I think
      the boys should sue the DA and the County for violation
      of their constitutional rights. Nifong is exceeded in
      stupidity only by the idiots that voted to put him back
      in office. I am beginning to think all of Raleigh/Durham
      is infested with social stupidity. I am sure these boys
      don’t have halo’s on their heads, but they deserve justice.

    5. txchic on December 28th, 2006 10:17 pm

      “The punishment for ethics violations can range from admonishment to disbarment.”

      i love it when they basically say a person is too dishonest to be a lawyer. too funny. didn’t this happen to bill clinton after he committed perjury?

    6. para2legal on December 28th, 2006 10:48 pm

      In Edwards message to supporters,he listed five priorities to change America. Among them: “Guaranteeing health care for every single American,” “Strengthening our middle class, and ending the shame of poverty,” “Leading the fight against global warming,” and “Getting America and the world to break our addiction to oil.”
      What’s wrong with this??? Except for “ending the shame of poverty”, which to me would have to translate to “get a job and be a legal citizen”, it sounds pretty good.
      Who knows…food for thought…

    7. para2legal on December 28th, 2006 10:49 pm

      Oops – I posted under the wrong headline.

    8. Mike on December 28th, 2006 10:51 pm

      I agree with Patti…..but I think a Gag order should have been in place at the beginning and should be standard practice in rape cases for both parties sake.

    9. justmoma on December 29th, 2006 1:27 am

      I am glad the State Bar is looking into this. First you don’t put into a lineup just the college kids. Secondly he used and ruined these kids lives, the life of the accuser for political gain, in my opinion. I come from a family of judges and prosecuters. I am glad there is a Code of Ethics in place. I hope those accused will bring for suit for the civil liberties et al.
      No one is above the law, here and in Aruba.

    10. Mortella on December 29th, 2006 10:16 am

      This has been such a cluster bomb from the get-go that I am sure I misses several nuances along the way but it would appear that the rape shield laws should have prevented this massive media frenzy in the first place.

      Now I don’t know what happened and who is innocent and who is guilty but it does seem that Nifong is the culprit behind things getting so out of hand in the first place. He seems to have deliberately leaked and given information during an election to garner black votes by supporting the accuser and perhaps giving more credibility than deserves to her claims? OTOH, I do think the behavior of the suspects is just that, suspect. They, too, have something to hide although possibly not as accused.

      But even in this there is a lesson and a moral to be learned and that is that those who engage in high risk professions as this young woman did just may not be the most stable of people. And those who chose to deal with that kind of an immoral (yes, I do exercise my right to a moral opinion on this profession)situation are just asking for trouble. Buyer beware so to speak. You play with fire, you get burned.

      Grow up and develop some character, frat boys!

    11. Miss-Underestimated on December 29th, 2006 12:03 pm

      Mortella, agreed, couldn’t have said it better.

      Don’t put yourself in positions that can put both parties under severe scrunity.

      Parents may want to reconsider how their money is being spent at college.

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