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Nifong Given Extension to Respond to Ethics Complaint

Posted February 21, 2007
Updated February 22, 2007

— Embattled District Attorney Mike Nifong has been granted an extension to file a written response to ethics charges leveled against him for his handling of the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case.

Nifong's response to the North Carolina State Bar complaint was due Friday, but the bar's disciplinary commission moved the deadline to Wednesday because one of Nifong's attorneys was ill.

The bar has accused Nifong of withholding evidence from lawyers defending three lacrosse players charged with sexually assaulting a stripper, of lying to the court and to bar investigators, and making misleading and inflammatory comments about the players.

Legal experts have said Nifong could be disbarred if he's convicted.

Last spring, Nifong won grand jury indictments on charges of rape, sexual offense and kidnapping against lacrosse players Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans. All three have strongly maintained their innocence.

Nifong dropped the rape charges in December after the 28-year-old accuser changed a key detail in her story, and he later turned the case over to state prosecutors

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  • ridgerunner Feb 27, 2007

    Nifong deserves the same time he gave the lacrosse players---- none. He does not deserve anything but we probably will see the bar association circle the wagons to protect one of their own, no matter how undeserving or guilty.

  • Lovinit Feb 23, 2007

    Not only did Nifraud ruin the reputations on these boys, he smeared the name of a top notch school, and to this day hasn't given any type of an apology to either of them. He is a sorry as the accuser, if not worse.

  • NC to GA Feb 23, 2007

    It never ceases to amaze me the opinions of some...

    Of course everyone expects different opinions, but when someone makes a comment about another's guilt when they are not a first-hand participant in the investigation (or the crime itself) and cannot know more than the rest of us, it just blows my mind.

    How can anyone feel, with such absolute conviction, that the Duke boys are guilty, with the absence of any physical evidence against them? If these were the findings of another case where a guilty party (perhaps from years prior) were found innocent based on newly available DNA evidence, or lack thereof, everyone would be cheering the triumph of modern-day technology. Even SAVEDADRAMA probably.

    I personally feel the boys are innocent - with time-stamped photos, bank ATM footage, receipts, phone records, taxicabs... I mean, come on. This was doubtful from the start. Common sense should apply (if you've got it).

  • happyday Feb 23, 2007

    Im real curious as to whom yall think i'm being racist against, can I get some clarification on that please

  • Builder03 Feb 22, 2007

    As the whole nation watched, Nifong gave the impression that NC is filled with racists and thugs. He did this for his ego and to get elected, after promising Gov. Easley that he would only finish the term he was appointed to. Not only is his name now used as a verb, but in this case DA stands for Dumb A**.

  • Punky Feb 22, 2007

    Why give this idiot an extension!!! He smeared the three all over the news, destroyed their reputations and image. He showed no mercy throughout his reign of terror during the investigation. He needs to speak up now and face his punishment.

  • georgewilson11 Feb 22, 2007

    I still think Nifong's DNA should be taken and compared to the " Love Child's " !

  • superman Feb 22, 2007

    The guy who spent 15 years in prison was not the fault of the judge or the DA. They presented their case in a court of law and the jury said the guy was guilty-- if u wanna blame someone for the guy serving 15 years -- it was the jury of 12 people-- who by the way-- heard all the evidence from both sides.

  • BeHappy Feb 22, 2007

    There are two things about this entire mess that should really scare people. One, if he can do this to innocent people that are fortunate enough to have money and better resources than the common man, what can he do to those of us that don't have those resources? Two, he still believes he has done nothing wrong.

  • dclark Feb 22, 2007

    WTF mate?.... your own words... why do you need a lawyer if your innocent? gettin all lawyered up I see.....lowest form of life that can still be called human...