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Attorney General Receives 400 Complaints Against Nifong

Posted December 27, 2006
Updated December 28, 2006

— The North Carolina Attorney General's Office has received more than 400 complaints about Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong, according to an attorney general's representative.

Nifong, who critics say improperly withheld DNA evidence from defense attorneys in the Duke lacrosse investigation, has come under scrutiny recently from local and national state lawmakers, most recently state Rep. Stephen LaRoque, R-Wayne.

LaRoque on Tuesday called for the state to give the attorney general power to investigate how DAs handle cases.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday that he would "be glad to add this to his list of duties if the General Assembly sees fit to do so."

Third District Congressman Walter Jones has written twice to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to ask for a federal investigation of whether the civil rights of the three defendants in the case—David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann—were violated

Last Friday, Nifong dropped rape charges against them. Charges of first-degree sexual assault and first-degree kidnapping still stand.

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  • DOG Dec 29, 2006

    I wouldn't put them in the same cell. I'm not sure that either one of them would consider that punishment.

  • geowilrlst Dec 29, 2006

    WOO HOO !

  • usnn Dec 28, 2006

    Mr. Nifong is being attacked byt rich laywers - unreal.

  • usnn Dec 28, 2006

    Seems Mike Nifong is being attacked by a group of rich parent's lawyers to get their rich kids off the hook. The RICH are never guilty. Good luck Mike!!! Anyone find it suspicious how much Mike Nifong is being attacked?

  • kjjohnso Dec 28, 2006

    Since Nifong let his own ambitions obscure justice and the dancer is a racist liar with amnesia, let's send them both to prison, put them in the same cell and let them serve the 25 plus years the Lacrosse players where going to face if convicted. Let's not forget Broadhead and "staff " who quickly joined in on the hunt as well. After all,these were not basket ball players. Broadhead should stick his head in a bucket and resign !

  • terry10k Dec 28, 2006

    NiFong ??? credibility ??? HAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!

  • NC to GA Dec 28, 2006

    Excuse me, please. Caps is considered yelling and I don't think you meant to yell at all of us reading and posting.

  • diwanicki Dec 28, 2006

    Hold up a sec. If it was my daughter, yes I would want it investigated, but I wouldnot want someone to be tried through the media for it especially when the DA himself hasnot talked to the victim. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion(s), so not everyone is going to agree on everything. Have you stopped to think that maybe no motions to dismiss have been filed because the lawyers maybe waiting to see what else was kept from them so they can really stick it to him??? Thats just one of my thoughts.. I didn't say that was the reason though. Honestly, I have no idea why it hasn't been done yet. i can just state my opinion(s) as to maybe why. Like I said before this case came about because he was up for re-election. Knock-knock, hello anybody there??? Think back to when it came out.

  • amypsychrn Dec 28, 2006

    Mr. Nifong didn't wait until he had all the evidence before he started his witch hunt against these young men. Spoiled and rich, they may be but that didn't make them guilty of anything.
    Maybe Mr. Nifong should watch a little Law and Order or some CSI because obviously his years of experience and his education hasn't helped him a whole heck of a lot.

  • freddie cadetti 72 Dec 28, 2006

    Jon2four and franklinrussell are just the type of people who have brought America to the land of offended and the home of the entitled it is today. Save your spin for those who give a hoot about your one sided approach to civil rights.