The Chappaquiddick Society has announced that Nifong is a finalist for it’s annual Profile in Cowardice Award.
“Durham County, N. C. D. A. Mike Nifong has refused to recuse himself and appoint a Special Prosecutor to handle a controversial rape case he has openly discussed with the Media.”
John Steele’s Legal Ethics Forum has released its annual Top Ten Legal Ethics Stories of the year. While District Attorney Nifong has only placed fourth on the list, Steele has awarded DA Nifong a unique consolation prize by publicly seconding UNC Law Professor Joseph Kennedy’s call for his removal from the Hoax.
“UNC law professor Joseph Kennedy, a former public defender, wrote this op-ed piece calling for Mike Nifong to recuse himself or be disqualified from the prosecution of the Duke lacrosse players. I agree. I've noted previously that it's not clear we've heard Nifong's side of the story regarding the decision to withhold key exculpatory information from the DNA report. But, as Kennedy notes, the testimony was so implicating as to Nifong that he has a compelling motive to attack the DNA expert. (And, bear in mind, that the witness's testimony was self-damaging, so it comes with more indicia of credibility than most testimony.) I agree with Professor Kennedy that Nifong's continued participation seems untenable. I also commend Kennedy's article for clearing laying out the key ethics and procedural violations that occurred if the existing testimony is credited.”
“D.A. Mike Nifong charged former Duke lacrosse players Collin Finnerty, Dave Evans and Reade Seligmann with allegedly raping a stripper hired for a team party in March. The case has made both national and international headlines for many months and highlights the importance of both the court of law and the court of public opinion. All the reputations in this case have been damaged, especially D.A. Nifong.”