North Carolina State Bar charged Mike Nifong Broke Rules (Update: Disbarred)

 

The NC Bar has charged DA Mike Nifong with breaking several rules of professional misconduct in dealing with the Duke Lacrosse rape case including “dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation.” Mike Nifong has stated that he will resign his position as DA.

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(ABC News)

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.” (Yahoo News) N.C. State Bar: Nifong Guilty of Ethics Violations

Nifong had been charged with seven counts of violating the rules of professional conduct that govern attorney conduct in North Carolina. During closing arguments attorney Doug Brocker of the North Carolina State Bar said Nifong engaged in a “systematic abuse of prosecutorial power and discretion in the Duke Lacrosse case.” “Mr. Nifong did not act as a minister of justice, but as a minister of injustice,” Brocker added. (ABC News)

Deliberations Begin in Duke Prosecutor’s Ethics Case

Mike Nifong gives up law licence

 

 Update I: N.C. panel disbars Duke prosecutor

RALEIGH, N.C. – District Attorney Mike Nifong will be disbarred for his disastrous prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape, a disciplinary committee decided Saturday. Even the veteran prosecutor said the punishment was appropriate. (Yahoo News)

UPDATE II: Prosecutor in Duke Case Is Disbarred for Ethics Breaches

But the ruling was almost an anticlimax to the case because in the penalty phase of the five-day ethics hearing, David Freedman, one of Mr. Nifong’s lawyers, told the panel that Mr. Nifong believed that disbarment was “the appropriate punishment in this case.” The state also said it felt disbarment was appropriate. (NY Times)

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  • Comments

    17 Responses to “North Carolina State Bar charged Mike Nifong Broke Rules (Update: Disbarred)”

    1. nurturer on June 16th, 2007 4:11 pm

      This dude is toast.

    2. bc on June 16th, 2007 4:25 pm

      Why wasn’t he jead away in cuffs?

    3. Carpe Noctem on June 16th, 2007 5:33 pm

      #1 Yeah, but dangggg he looks hot in bathrobe

      fetching the morning paper! =) ROFL

      Justice seemed to come full circle in this case…

      it should have come a lot sooner, but I’m just glad

      it finally came!

      MIKE NIFONG… A-C-C-E-S-S D-E-N-I-E-D.

      Nobody is above the law, nobody.

    4. Miss-Underestiamted on June 16th, 2007 5:58 pm

      Good …Justice…finally served. His crocodile tears on tv, baahaaa.
      Now what about the financial burdren these families had to bear due to his self centered-ness to win an election?

      Let’s not forget these students had their DNA collected…what about privacy?

      They should lock his crying butt up.

    5. Kat_Gram on June 16th, 2007 5:58 pm

      WHAT IS THIS GUY’S PROBLEM ?
      Why didn’t he or why couldn’t he back off when he began to realize that he did not have a good case ? And that perhaps he was BLIND ?
      Think his ego was inflated ?
      Ain’t now.

    6. Jean on June 16th, 2007 6:42 pm

      The folks in his office should be scrutinized as well. Not since Nuremberg has the defense of “I was just following orders” been accepted.

    7. sparrow on June 16th, 2007 7:14 pm

      Thank you, Carpe, you always give me a laugh for the day, and there are days I need to laugh.

      Mr. not a district attorney anymore needs to spend some time in prison. What he did to those families was criminal. Maybe now some of these powerful DA’s will realize that they’re not above the law. And that doesn’t stand for dumbarses– even though in Ni-thongs case it should. Ego? No, just plain stupid.

    8. Maddie on June 16th, 2007 9:39 pm

      So, we all agree that he is an a**hole. What about the stripper, so called, “exotic dancer” who accused these guys? Does she get off scott free for false accusations? What’s going to happen to her?

    9. Carpe Noctem on June 17th, 2007 12:13 am

      Rumor has it…

      the scent he had on his finger

      was strawberry!

      (see picture for full effect)

      * warning, please do not
      drive and attempt to read
      this joke.

    10. Carpe Noctem on June 17th, 2007 12:23 am

      LOL you’re welcome Sparrow!

    11. Richard on June 17th, 2007 6:06 am

      I’ve read somewhere that 95% of politicians are lawyers. Maybe that refers only to the Senate and House.

      In any case, it makes an eloquent statement on both professions, and puts them on the same moral level.

    12. Skyboxx on June 17th, 2007 6:55 am

      From the casual observer this is a stunnind fall. He claimed to be in such control, had a prosecution, he was going all out and in the end, he was just a common liar. He had nothing, trashed people life and justic was no where to be found. And for what to be re-elected? He trusted his victim and his own blind ambitions and what? Let this be a lesson boys and girls, you can’t trust strippers. Seriously, withholding DNA information from the defense??? Lying to the presiding judge???? There is more to this story….is he on drugs, what other skeletons are in the closets of these idiots in NC????

      Who else has been harmed by this man? What other cases?

      And as a ‘by the way’–Where is the good REV Al and Rev Jesses to publicaclly exonerate those falsely accused? Where is their moral outrage for this woman who lied? Oh that’s right, they are hypocrites too……

      They lie, Nyfong lied, the media cooked it all up and served it to us sheep on a plate. All of a sudden the media thinks Anna, Paris and Nyfong are important while they keep quiet about congress and illegal immigration and the other poltico’s that are scheming against the “averge joe”

      Whew, that was a lot to spew this morning, I feel better already

    13. Skyboxx on June 17th, 2007 7:56 am

      Folks, the job isn’t done here. Rev Al was publically lambasting the accused men in this case. Does anyone remember the Tawany Brawley hoax/story that he put on the American people?

      Remember the riots in in NYC and Sharpton’s remark about the “white interloper” he made several months before the 1995 arson attack on a Jewish merchant’s shop in Harlem-which resulted in eight deaths-Sharpton points out that he has apologized.

      He never apologized for that and he hasn’t apologized for this. He goes after Imus and others, but who keeps him in check? OH and someday he will get around to addressing the hip-hop music that also puts down african women, but not right now, as he is too busy trashing other people. Sharpton met with Yasir Arafat, but claims to be a friend of the Jews. Go to You tube and hear Rev Al say “jewing up the numbers”… Is that okay? Of course it is, its freedome of speech, but he gets the right, while Imus gets fired.

      Maybe its time his radio show is banned, maybe he should be dropped as a guest on all the talk shows, maybe its time he gets fired. Or can he be a man, a real man and step up and say “I was wrong, I apoligize.”

      We have a dual system in this country, that’s for sure.

      DL HUgley said it best when asked if Imus offended him with remarks about Rutgers. DL: No words don’t bother me, its abut free speech. Host: What words bother you, DL: words like, “your fired”, “That ain’t a rash”, “I’m pregnent”, thos words bother me (laughter)

    14. dennisintn on June 17th, 2007 11:46 am

      sharpton and nifong, among many other politicians, are all brothers under the skin. whatever lines their pockets and puts votes in the box for them is exactly what they’re going to do, regardless of the suffering, pain, and agony they cause to everyone else. and we keep electing them. i guess that makes us brothers under the skin. the gullible public.
      dennisintn

    15. Pam on June 17th, 2007 2:26 pm

      I agree that Nifong should be held responsibile for doing what he did; however, I hardly think those boys should be considered innocent victims. If you don’t put yourself in those situations the chances of getting accused of something like that reduce greatly. While they may not be guilty of rape I don’t think they’re totally innocent in this situation. Just a good lesson to avoid putting yourself in situations such as this.

    16. Allan K on June 17th, 2007 4:41 pm

      Too Bad. He has what it takes to be a politician but just got caught.

    17. Carpe Noctem on June 18th, 2007 7:06 am

      ooooh weeeee!!!

      http://xrl.us/2ezh =)

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