DA Mike Nifong Heads to Court on Tuesday on Ethics Charges from The Duke Lacrosse Rape Case

 

This coming Tuesday, DA Mike Nifong heads to court to stand trial on ethics charges Mike_Nifong2stemming from the Duke University Lacrosse Rape case scandal. Mike Nifong faces the NC State Bar this coming week to save his reputation and his ability to practice law. Nifong’s reputation has certainly been tarnished as we would later learn all of the mis-steps and ethically challenged decisions that he made as the Duke Lacrosse rape case crumpled before our very eyes. The question does remain though, will the NC State Bar just gloss over Nifong’s actions as State Bar’s have done all too often in the past? Will they protect one of their own and just give a slap on the wrist, if anything? Or will they actually serve the public and make an example out of Nifong and his actions? We shall see.

… the Durham County district attorney will stand trial on ethics charges ranging from lying to the court to withholding potentially exculpatory evidence.

“On one hand, he’s very anxious to go ahead and have the hearing so he can present the evidence about the allegations against him,” said David Freedman, one of Nifong’s two attorneys. “On the other hand, it’s an extremely stressful situation for any lawyer to go through, especially at this level and profile.”

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If Nifong is acquitted, the case will have still taken a devastating toll on the career public servant who joined the Durham County prosecutor’s office as a volunteer in 1978 after graduating from law school. He is all but assured to be remembered for pursuing a deeply flawed case with unyielding vigor while portraying himself as a crusader against privilege and racism at an elite private university. (Winston-Salem Journal)

North Carolina State Bar: Nifong Trial Dukeuniversity_logo

The trial of the disciplinary action brought by the NC State Bar against Michael B. Nifong relating to his conduct in the Duke lacrosse case will be held in the courtroom of the North Carolina Court of Appeals (One West Morgan Street, Raleigh, NC) beginning on Tuesday morning, June 12, 2007, at 10:00 a.m.

Hearing on Nifong a test for State Bar

The N.C. State Bar, the state agency that licenses and disciplines lawyers, will be on a symbolic trial for its own spotty history of effective oversight.

“I hope everybody is watching the State Bar,” said state Sen. Tony Rand, a lawyer and the Fayetteville Democrat who is the Senate majority leader. “It’s exceedingly important that they believe the agency that regulates the practicing bar is serious about ethical and misconduct cases.”

The State Bar has disbarred about 170 lawyers since 1996. But never has an N.C. prosecutor been deprived of the ability to practice law, even for a single day, because of prosecutorial misconduct. (The Charlotte Observer)

 



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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “DA Mike Nifong Heads to Court on Tuesday on Ethics Charges from The Duke Lacrosse Rape Case”

    1. bc on June 10th, 2007 5:40 pm

      There is no excuse for the all the havoc this man created. Will the the players & the community ever be the same? I don’t think so.

    2. Scared Monkeys on June 10th, 2007 6:04 pm

      Wonder in the NC Bar will take Nifong in back of the wood shed or whether it will be business as usual?

      Nifong did victims and those accused a major dis-service.
      R

    3. Scared Monkeys on June 10th, 2007 6:12 pm

      #1,

      Agreed. This man caused equal damage to those that were falsely accused and to those future rape victims. That is why he should have done his homework and handled this case properly. It is obvious that he did not.

      Rape is a terrible crime. However, so is falsely accusing someone of rape.

      Nifong should never be allowed to practice law again. The Duke LAX scandal should never have been allowed to get this far out of control, especially when there was info that was known.

      Duke LAX should have been reprimanded fore their actions, but this went far beyond the boundaries of what should have been allowed to happen.

      What will happen in the future when a rape victim comes forward in Durham with a real rape case after this debacle?
      R

    4. sparrow on June 10th, 2007 6:22 pm

      What a disgrace. He should be disbarred, and taken behind the wood shed for a serious attitude adjustment. I worked for a DA, and I can say they do have a lot of power that on occasion can be misused, but hopefully not to the degree this fool did.

    5. Stephanie on June 10th, 2007 6:29 pm

      Another rape did occur in Durham and it happened this year…in February 2007…and it was during a party at a house occupied by Duke students. You might wonder why you haven’t heard about it the way that the Lacrosse Case was blown up in the media. Perhaps it’s because all of the people who jumped on the bandwagon for conviction learned their lesson…or…perhaps it’s because the victim in this latest rape case is a white Duke student and the accused is a black, non-Duke student. His bail was set at $50,000. Evans, Finnerty, and Seligmann had bail set at $400,000 each!

    6. houston on June 10th, 2007 8:47 pm

      This guy needs 10-20 in the state pen….what a piece of work.

    7. Observer on June 11th, 2007 5:18 pm

      Karin Janssen finds soulmate

      http://justrepublic.wordpress.com/2006/07/06/karin-janssen-finds-soul-mate/

      Mike Nifong (North Carolina prosecutor) and Karin Janssen (Aruban prosecutor), surely they are soul mates.

      Mike Nifong the overzealous prosecutor will never allow facts to stand in the away of the truth. He will persecute the innocent, no evidence required. His idea of proof beyond a reasonable doubt is a lying criminal (“victim”) who cannot count and tells as many stories as a “victim” as Joran Van der Sloot does as a criminal. Nifong seeks no conviction by proof beyond a reasonable doubt, but to stir the emotions of racism and hope he can find twelve morons, he won’t. Loved to talk to the media until he realized his statements would not go unchallenged, hmm, I guess that is how he suckered the grand jury.

      Karin Janssen the under-zealous prosecutor of Aruba, she has never met a crime she would prosecute. Commit a crime on international television and have proof beyond all possible doubt, never fear Karin will not prosecute. Karin though is smart to avoid interviews, because she knows the tough questions will come.

      Karin and Mike are flip sides of the same coin, and will make a lovely couple. Details of their forthcoming nuptials are not available as yet, but they will be honeymooning in Hell. No, the other Hell not Aruba!

      Some advice for the two: Mike cheat all you want no matter how dead rights she catches you, she will just ignore it and Karin be very careful the slightest wrong move and you will be on North Carolina’s death row.

      Crystal Gail Mangum is a pathalogical liar and Joran Van der Sloot is, might they make a perfect couple. A double wedding?

      Yes, Crystal Gail Mangum is the lying criminal (“victim”) she should have her name plastered everywhere and picture. There are pictures available allegedly of her online and it seems likely that it is her, however, I will not post a link because in addition to her rap sheet it includes info about her children. Just because their mother is a criminal, they are innocent children. It would be nice if the state put those children in a home with someone who is stable. http://www.kirkosborn.com/Motions/MotiontoSuppressPhotos.pdf

      Note: Being a stripper does not make her unfit or a bad person.

    8. ScottK on June 12th, 2007 12:43 pm

      If the Duke LAX team should have been reprimanded then just about every college athletic team across the nation should be reprimanded too!

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