January 25, 2007

Mike Nifong…Going Down!

by @ 4:31 pm. Filed under Nuts on Parade

Suspects Finally he’s being held to account for his actions.

Former Duke Lacrosse ‘Rape’ Prosecutor Charged With Withholding Evidence, Misleading Court – – 1/24/2007

RALEIGH, N.C. ? Former Duke lacrosse rape prosecutor Mike Nifong has been slapped with additional ethics charges by the state bar association, which has accused him of withholding DNA evidence and making misleading statements to the court.

The new charges by the North Carolina State Bar against Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong were announced Wednesday and could lead to his removal from the state bar, according to a copy of the updated complaint. Nifong last year indicted three men from the Duke lacrosse team on charges that they raped a stripper at an off-campus party in March of 2006.

The bar complaint alleges those results weren’t released to defense lawyers in a timely fashion and that Nifong repeatedly said in court he had turned over all evidence that would potentially benefit the defense.

Nifong’s actions constitute a “systematic abuse of prosecutorial discretion … prejudicial to the administration of justice,” the complaint read.

The amended ethics complaint filed Wednesday points out 11 instances between May and mid-December when Nifong said in court or in court filings that he knew of no additional exculpatory evidence, additional results from DNA testing or conversations with the DNA experts that would help the defense.

But according to the bar complaint, testing conducted at DNA Security Inc. had concluded by April 10 that none of the samples provided to police by 46 lacrosse players matched any material recovered from the accuser’s “rape kit.” A week later, Nifong charged Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann with rape.

Meanwhile, the Raleigh News and Observer reported Wednesday that with the North Carolina attorney general reviewing the Duke lacrosse case, the new prosecutors must weigh evidence gathered by Nifong’s chief investigator, whose private detective career was marked by ethics complaints.

Click here to read the News and Observer story

Nifong hired Linwood E. Wilson, a gospel singer with limited experience working criminal cases, less than four months before the March 13 lacrosse team party at which the accuser claims the assault took place.

When will the stripper accuser that I feel is a liar be held to account for her part in this mess?

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