Friday, January 26, 2007

More charges for Nifong

The hunter has become the hunted. The North Carolina State Bar has filed additional charges against DA Mike Nifong for his handling of the Duke Lacrosse scandal. These new charges arise out of Nifong's withholding of DNA test results from defense counsel. These are serious new charges which are tantamount to lying to opposing counsel and to the court. Duke law school professors have publicly stated that they anticipate a significant penalty for Nifong.

Over zealous prosecution is nothing new. But withholding evidence and lying is something completely different and unacceptable. If the allegations are true, I think Nifong should be disbarred and ousted from his position as DA. The justice system gets a bad rap too often but when a prosecutor commits the acts Nifong is accused of committing, then I can see why the public's perception of the justice system is so poor.

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