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Duke Lacrosse Prosecutor Facing Disbarment

By Oliver VanDervoort     Jun 12, 2007 in Crime
Over a year ago, DA Mike Nifong brought charges against three Duke Lacrosse Players for rape of a stripper that attended a Lacrosse team party. Now Nifong faces charges of his own
The North Carolina State Bar charged the district attorney with several violations of the state's rules of professional conduct, all tied to his handling of his most famous, and infamous case.
If convicted by a disciplinary commission hearing the case, he could be stripped of his license to practice law in the state.
Criticism of Nifong's evidence and handling of the case was almost immediate, as there were several legal experts who did not believe Nifong had enough evidence to proceed. He charged ahead anyway, and the criticism increased through the summer, when the bar filed its initial ethics charges, Nifong turned the case over to the state attorney general, who dropped all the charges.This didn't have to happen, and the horrible consequences were entirely foreseeable," Katherine Jean, the bar official prosecuting Nifong, said during her 25-minute opening statement. The harm done to these three young men and their families and the justice system of North Carolina is devastating.The basis for Nifong's defense will be that while he may have been a bit overzealous, he truly believed a crime had been committed, and as his attorney stated "it is not unethical to pursue a case others find unwinnable"
The basis for the initial ethics charges are public statements Nifong made in interviews during the early part of the trial including calling the Duke team "a bunch of hooligans"
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