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Nifong Ordered to Pay Nearly $9K to State Bar

Posted August 24, 2007

— Former Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong must pay nearly $9,000 in costs associated with the June hearing that led to his disbarment.

Nifong has 90 days to pay to the North Carolina State Bar $8,897.91, which covers the five-day hearing, depositions and transcripts surrounding the Bar's complaint that he violated rules of professional conduct in his nearly yearlong prosecution of three Duke lacrosse players on false rape, sexual assault and kidnapping charges.

In June, a three-member disciplinary commission decided Nifong committed at least two dozen violations of the state's rules of professional conduct, including lying to the court and withholding DNA evidence in the case.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, to whose office Nifong gave the case in January, dismissed kidnapping and sexual assault charges against David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann in April and declared them innocent victims of a "tragic rush to accuse."

Nifong had dropped the rape charges against the three men in December after the accuser, Crystal Mangum, wavered in key details of her story.

In a preliminary hearing last month related to possible criminal contempt of court charges against him, Nifong apologized to the players in an effort for all parties involved to "begin to move forward."

Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith has set a tentative date for Aug. 30-31 to move forward with that preliminary hearing.

If Smith finds Nifong in contempt, he could have to pay a $500 fine and spend at least 30 days in jail.


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  • Ouroboros Aug 26, 2007

    This is great! But how much $$$ do WE get for having to listen to all his BS for all that time? Should be worth at least a $10 Starbucks gift card for everyone in the state.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 26, 2007

    "How quick we all seem to forgwt the GOOD things this man did for Durham. It's about time we leave him alone."

    The poster of this idiocy must be either Mike Nifong or Crystal Mangum.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 26, 2007

    Mike Nifong is getting off pretty cheap considering the damage that he did to the Duke Lacrosse players and their families.

    I'm still waiting to see Nifong and Mangum in Orange jump suits along side Jim Black picking up trash on the highways.

  • Nancy Aug 25, 2007

    "How quick we all seem to forgwt the GOOD things this man did for Durham. It's about time we leave him alone."

    Really? Well, the federal civil rights lawsuit heading Durham's way is just another one of those "good" things he did for Durham, along with City Mgr Baker and Chief Chalmers.

    Yup, he was a great traffic ADA for years until Easley appointed him DA. The chickens are coming home to roost in an expensive way.

  • WhazUpYall Aug 25, 2007

    Check out this link for an interesting but sad history of Crystal Mangum's life thus far. http://johnsville.blogspot.com/2006/04/duke-rape-accuser-crystal-gail-mangum.html

  • lovecarolinagutters Aug 25, 2007

    How quick we all seem to forgwt the GOOD things this man did for Durham. It's about time we leave him alone.

  • Nancy Aug 24, 2007

    "The public lynching of hero DA Nifong continues.The lesson: dont anyone try to speak out for minorities."

    I don't know what is more amusing - the fact that Nifong has to pay, even for his own deposition by the AG's investigation or the statement above that was posted by a racist.

    Ahhhhh, sometimes things strike me as funny, this is one such article.

    Karma is such a heavy load for some.

  • oneday8035 Aug 24, 2007

    Woops! Eagleson I got bopped by WRAL but for what would they have paid her for? Wake up...she almost ruined their son's lives and cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now she and her lies are costing Nifong money. The stripper should pay for her lies just as Nifong has and will continue to pay believing them and using them for his own personal gain.

  • pomodoroz Aug 24, 2007

    In the photo taken of her by the DPD hours after her busy night, she had bleached blonde dreads and had blue contacts in. So, just what racial angle is being played here - are people hatin' on Scandanavians? LOL!!!

  • Arkansas Razorback Aug 24, 2007

    She looked like she needed to be boiled in bleach.