If justice is to be done, Mike Nifong should be disbarred. I’m not going to be overly reactionary and call for a criminal investigation. But this dog had fleas from day one. And Nifong should be held accountable.
All Charges Dropped Against 3 at Duke – washingtonpost.com
RALEIGH, N.C., April 11 — Rather than simply drop the remaining charges against three former Duke University lacrosse players, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper turned the tables on the prosecutor Wednesday and, after castigating him as a “rogue” who acted out of “bravado,” said he could face a criminal investigation for his pursuit of the sexual assault case.
“We believe that these cases were the result of a tragic rush to accuse and a failure to verify serious allegations,” Cooper said. “There were many points in this case where caution would have served justice better than bravado.”
A criminal investigation of Durham District Attorney Michael B. Nifong is a “possibility,” he said, noting that the North Carolina bar is already investigating an ethics complaint against him. Nifong did not return calls to his office, but his lawyer, David Freedman, told ABC News that “he pushed the case as long as he did because at that point he believed in this case.”
The attorney general’s announcement draws to a close a racially charged legal drama that opened with the three white players being vilified as privileged “hooligans” — Nifong’s word — who had gang-raped a black stripper at an off-campus team party on March 13, 2006.
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