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Trial Date Set for Nifong on State Bar Charges

Posted March 21, 2007

— The North Carolina State Bar on Tuesday set a June 12 trial date to hear complaints against Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong for his handling of the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case.

If found guilty, Nifong could be disbarred.

In a complaint filed in December, the State Bar cited more than 100 examples of public statements Nifong made to the media, including WRAL, since the case broke in March 2006. In part, the Bar said those comments "have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accused."

Three lacrosse players were indicted on charges of rape, sexual assault and kidnapping. The rape charges were dismissed in December.

In January, the Bar amended the complaint, adding that Nifong allegedly had withheld DNA evidence from defense attorneys—exculpatory evidence that could show a defendant is not guilty.

In a written response to the accusations, Nifong said he did not intentionally violate ethics rules and denied that he intentionally withheld evidence.

Amid mounting scrutiny of his handling of the case, Nifong in January recused himself and turned the case over to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.

Since then, special prosecutors have been examining the case and interviewing people involved, including the woman who accused the players. The attorney general's office said Wednesday that it hopes to finish its review within the next few weeks.


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  • whocares Mar 22, 2007

    I hope he gets everything that is coming to him. I am not a lawyer and even I know you don't go around bragging about your evidence (in this case there was none). Gov. Easley said that this was the worst mistake he has made, and I believe him. He was appointed under the premise that he would NOT run for office. I for one amd glad that I have never voted for him.

  • WXYZ Mar 22, 2007

    Cheers for the NC Bar! The evidence is clear and without a shadow of a doubt. Nifong should be permanently disbarred and heavily fined. Then he should be subject to civil suits as well. His whole legal staff should also be fully investigated for ethics violations. Nifong did not get to be DA by himself and he did not do all of the work himself. His whole staff must be fully investigated for ethics violations. Nothing short of that will even come close to restoring public faith and trust.

  • RedStatesManWatts Mar 22, 2007

    bandit- LOL That is just too funny and true!
    Seeya Nifong! And good riddance!

  • ralphehester Mar 21, 2007

    Nifong is the crookiest crook of them all. Maybe he, "Mr. Black", etc. should be given pink jumpsuits before going to serve their neighborhood by picking up trash like themselves.

  • jeezohpete Mar 21, 2007

    Have you seen the latest from ABC 11's parent company. Seems like the local reporters could not find time to talk to all these NC Lawyers, but ABC sure did:


    Way to go investigative reporters!

  • Heelzrule Mar 21, 2007

    greekgirl - very well said! Mr. sharpton is too busy trying to find out if he was in Strom Thurmmond's will- since they are kin! Money trumps alot, doesn't it?!LOL

  • absolute Mar 21, 2007

    Why weren't people calling for the prosecutor in the Darryl Hunt case who spent 18 useless years in prison for nothing to be imprisoned, disbarred & other worst things? Have the lacrosse players served a day? The State Bar must now prove they do work for a living.

  • narck9 Mar 21, 2007

    Its wierd. Mike Nifong won't give an interview if you paid him. He used to love the media.

  • Greekgirl Mar 21, 2007

    Maybe while he is in the slammer(one can wish),he can get his teeth fixed on taxpayers money.
    I detest this man,and I bet some people aren't feeling so good about themselves for voting him in about now.
    Do I hear pot-n-Pans !!!
    Sharpton where are you,coward !

  • GWALLY Mar 21, 2007

    It's only fitting that HIS trial date should be BEFORE the Duke players trial!!!!!!!!!!!!!