Saturday, June 16, 2007

Defendant Nifong Guilty!

The Disciplinary Hearing Committee of the North Carolina State Bar has unanimously found Defendant Mike Nifong guilty on twenty-seven of the thirty-two charges brought against him. Among its finding, the DHC declared Durham County's disgraced District Attorney guilty of engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice; multiple counts of engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, misrepresentation, and deceit; multiple counts of making false statements to opposing counsel, the Court, and the State Bar; withholding evidence; and making extrajudicial statements.
Phase Two of Nifong's trial is now underway to consider the Defendant's punishment.
A disciplinary hearing panel found Michael B. Nifong, the Durham County district attorney, guilty today of ethical violations arising from his pretrial statements and handling of DNA evidence while pressing a false accusation of sexual assault against three former Duke University lacrosse players.

.The three-member panel now enters a penalty phase in the five-day ethics trial, which could result in Mr. Nifong’s suspension or disbarment later today.
Aaron Beard, Associated Press:

Mike Nifong broke several rules of professional conduct during his disastrous prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape, committing "deceit and misrepresentations," a disciplinary committee ruled Saturday.

The committee must now decide if the longtime prosecutor in Durham County, who has already pledged to resign his post as district attorney, should be stripped of his law license.

The North Carolina State Bar charged Nifong with breaking several rules of professional conduct, including lying to both the court and bar investigators and withholding critical DNA test results from the players' defense attorneys.

The committee, after deliberating for a little more than an hour, unanimously agreed with the bar on almost every charge, including the most serious allegations, that Nifong's actions involved "dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation."

KC Johnson, Durham in Wonderland:

Blogging live from the courthouse, KC Johnson outlines each of the finding made
by the DHC. Click here to read the list.
Additional updates will follow shortly.


HumboldtBlue said...

Dishonesty, fraud and deceit... say it with me, dishonesty, fraud and deceit ... devastating ...

Zimri said...

DA M.N. last night: "Something happened!"

DA M.N. today: "Wha... what just happened?"

Anonymous said...


Oh, my!

Anonymous said...

Say it with me... Racial Slurs, Skinning Hoes, Underage Drinking, Hiring Strippers.

Remember the accuser is a mother, a college student, a daughter, a lover, a friend and (dare we say it?) a human being.

If these guys are so innocent why are they so afraid to have their day in court? Those high powered attorneys could have ripped Nifong a new one on national television. In court they would have to deal with the facts of the case. It was easier to attack Nifong personally than to have to answer the allegations in a court of law. Rape trials have gone forward and people have been convicted on far less than what was presented in this case.