State Bar Says Nifong Skirted System in Handling of Duke Lacrosse Case
A North Carolina State Bar response to Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong's request for dismissal of some of the charges against him suggests that Nifong has attempted to skirt the system in his handling of the Duke Lacrosse case.Posted — Updated
In a legal brief filed Monday, the bar suggests Nifong wants the organization to interpret the law according to his view of it. It also said it doesn't buy Nifong's explanation for withholding DNA evidence and claimed he's twisting words to make his argument fit.
The charges and the ensuing debate stems from indictments won against three Duke University lacrosse players last year following a party at which a woman claimed she was raped.
However, the bar said that the nearly 2,000 pages of test results and examinations given to the defense wasn’t a report and was no more than raw data that defense attorneys were left to decipher with the help of hired experts. The brief said that to remain within ethical boundaries, Nifong should have included a summary of the DNA analysis.
The state bar is the agency that regulates and disciplines attorneys in the state.
A date has not been set yet to argue these motions. However, the hearing is likely to happen in the near future. Nifong's hearing before the bar has been tentatively set for June.
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