Opponent wants Nifong removed from office

More circus tricks this week in the Mike Nifong debacle.  I’d call it the “Duke Lacrosse Case”.  But that seems to be a misnomer.  After all, it has never been about Duke Lacrosse. and it has never been much of a case. 

RALEIGH, N.C. — A political opponent of the prosecutor who brought sexual assault charges against three Duke lacrosse players filed an affidavit Friday seeking to remove him from office.

Beth Brewer, who led a pre-election campaign against Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, filed the affidavit accusing him of committing “willful misconduct in office” — a complaint that mirrors accusations brought against him by the North Carolina State Bar.

“Obviously the person who filed this affidavit is someone who tried unsuccessfully to defeat me in the political process,” Nifong told The Associated Press in an interview Friday. “Now that the voters have chosen someone other than who she wanted, she’s trying to remove me from office in this manner.”

Brewer declined to comment.

The affidavit is the latest problem for Nifong to stem from his handling of the lacrosse case. Last month, Nifong asked the state attorney general’s office to take over the troubled prosecution of three lacrosse players charged with attacking an exotic dancer at a team party last spring.

Nifong dropped charges of rape after the 28-year-old woman changed a key detail of her account of the March 13 party. The athletes still face charges of sexual offense and kidnapping and have consistently maintained their innocence.

The North Carolina State Bar has accused him of violating professional conduct rules by making misleading and inflammatory comments about the athletes under suspicion. Last month, it added more serious charges, including withholding evidence from the defense and lying to both to the court and bar investigators. Legal experts have said Nifong could be disbarred if convicted. -AP

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