Mike Nifong's detractors in the Hoax want him punished for forcefully pursuing transparently false charges
“Public record requests to the governor and attorney general uncovered at least 17 complaints concerning Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong to the N.C. State Bar, which licenses and regulates lawyers. The complaints accuse Nifong of saying too much to the news media and of mishandling the investigation.”
“N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper and Gov. Mike Easley received scores of letters requesting that they take over the case, something North Carolina law does not allow. These letters ranged from well-researched, artfully composed missives to profane rants from phony e-mail addresses. They came from family friends and business colleagues of the accused. Some were from outside observers. Many were sent from out of state, and a good number came from Durham.”
"I would think of this as misconduct by a DA and that for some reason, maybe political, he has painted a fabricated picture," wrote Edwin G. Beusse, a New York developer who works with Finnerty's father, in a letter Aug. 9. "Isn't there a check or balance for situations like this that are so far out there, that they're obviously false?"
"Molly M. Maguire of Darien, Conn., wrote June 13, "It is frightening to think of any American being victimized by our own legal system and devastating to know that three promising lives are held hostage to a not-so-hidden political agenda." Maguire is a friend of the Finnerty family."
“The request for a federal investigation came from Michael Cornacchia of New York, one of Finnerty's attorneys. He wrote to the U.S. attorney general, the FBI director, the congressional delegations of North Carolina and Long Island and others, saying Nifong had violated the civil rights of the three players. The case merits an immediate investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, wrote Cornacchia, a former prosecutor who recently served as chief investigative counsel for the probe of the United Nation's oil-for-food program.”
“Prior to his appointment, Michael Cornacchia served as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York as well as a deputy chief in its Criminal Division. While in these positions Mr. Cornacchia directed major investigations into corporate and securities fraud, and public corruption.”
“The request for federal intervention is aggressive and rare, said Richard Myers, a UNC-Chapel Hill law professor and former federal prosecutor. "It's a fairly strong indication the defense has nothing to hide if they want more eyes on the ground," Myers said. "How effective it's going to be, who knows? You cast a wide net and hope someone gets interested."
“The State Bar's charter is not to punish lawyers but to protect the public. The bar has intervened on an emergency basis in some situations, said general counsel Katherine Jean. For example, the State Bar can freeze a lawyer's trust account if it thinks the lawyer has been stealing money. And the bar can suspend the license of a lawyer in prison."“Mary Ann Tally, a defense lawyer who has followed the State Bar's misconduct cases, said that if a complaint against Nifong is later pursued by the grievance committee, there could be questions about why there was not immediate action.""If they are complaints that have to do with what is going on right now and will continue to go on until this case is resolved, I guess the question I have is why isn't the bar doing anything about it right now?" Tally said. "It seems to me there's a tremendous amount of pressure on the bar and a lot of public expectation on, 'Can you do the right thing, and can you do it in a timely fashion?' "