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Nifong Plans to Testify at State Bar Trial

Posted May 23, 2007

— Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong plans to testify at his upcoming trial for his handling of the Duke lacrosse case, his attorney said Wednesday.

David Freedman said his client has already provided some testimony to prosecutors with the North Carolina State Bar for his trial, which is scheduled for June 12 before a three-member disciplinary panel.

The State Bar alleges that Nifong withheld DNA evidence from defense attorneys representing the three indicted lacrosse players -- Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans -- and violated professional rules of conduct by making misleading and inflammatory comments about the defendants.

State Bar prosecutors have also deposed Dr. Brian Meehan, the director of DNA Security, the lab that tested DNA evidence in the case. Meehan testified last year that he and Nifong agreed only to report to defense attorneys positive DNA matches to certain pieces of evidence and that they agreed to omit DNA matches to other men found on the accuser.

Durham City Manager Patrick Baker told WRAL Wednesday afternoon that several police investigators, including Sgt. Mark Gottlieb and Inv. Benjamin Himan, who headed the case. Baker said he expects some to testify at the trial but didn't know which ones would.

In addition to Nifong and Meehan, the State Bar will call several defense attorneys in the case, as well as Nifong's private investigator, Linwood Wilson, to testify. 

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dismissed kidnapping and sexual assault charges against Seligmann, Finnerty and Evans in April, stating the accuser, Crystal Mangum, was not credible.

Nifong stepped away from the case in January, less than a month after he dropped rape charges against the defendants, saying the ethics complaints presented a conflict of interest for him.


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  • ForeRight May 25, 2007

    Isn't what Nifong did basically promoting a HATE CRIME? He needs to be charged with every potential violation (criminal and civil)he has committed. He needs to be terminated and not allowed to resign to save his pension. The state will end up providing him a nice comfy life in prison and a new roomate to cuddle up with, perhaps someone that he was successful in getting a guilty plea.

  • whocares May 24, 2007

    Boo-hoo. As far as I am concerned I hope he is disbared and sued for every penny he has or every thinks of having. As far a public appology, where was the media coverage? There certainly were enough media here when this was supposed to be a "Big Story". Too bad that this is not covered as well as the young men who did nothing wrong.

  • RRsaidso May 24, 2007

    Nifong you better go back to school & learn a new trade. Have you tried applying to Duke.

  • ncguy May 24, 2007

    A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.

    Good!Maybe it will be an open and shut case-
    He will probably ask for a change of Venue- poor baby can't get a fair trial here.
    LOVE IT- shoe on other foot Mr Nifong!

  • nowon_yuno May 24, 2007

    Betcha he cries

  • seankelly15 May 23, 2007

    hp277, you are correct; the Bar Association cannot send him to jail. But, if they disbar him because of this case, then he must resign as District Attorney. Once he resigns as District Attorney he is no longer covered by the immunity from prosecution provisions of the law.

  • thelmasgirl May 23, 2007

    I wouldn't count Nifong out yet ,if justice was for real he would not still be in office ,when the judge refused to remove him from office after everything the AG said it makes you wonder how far does the corruption go

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc May 23, 2007

    Yep, throw the book at him! He abused his office and persecuted these boys under color of authority. That is, indeed, a very serious crime.

  • imrickjamesbitch May 23, 2007

    Where is all the media coverage on this case? The media sure blew the defendants out of the water. This will be lowly covered because he is a public official.

  • 1WakeCitizen May 23, 2007

    "Your honor....I do NOT remember charging those 3 boys. I believe your honor has mistaken me for someone else." LOL
    I hope the book - and all the pages - are thrown at this liar, and that he gets the full punishment the law allows.