RALEIGH, N.C. June 15 — Durham County district attorney Michael B. Nifong admitted today that he “crossed the line” of ethical standards in some of the public statements he made about the Duke University lacrosse players he charged with rape.
But he said other mistakes made in the case, including mishandling evidence and not turning favorable DNA tests over to defense lawyers, were based on his inexperience in handling felony cases and oversight.
He said he had not handled a felony case since 1999, concentrating on traffic offenses in recent years....
Mr. Nifong, 56, is a 29-year veteran of the district attorney’s office. He was appointed to the top job in April 2005 by Governor Mike Easley after his predecessor became a judge.
Mr. Nifong brought the rape charges while he was in an election contest against a better known former assistant district attorney. The bar accused him of pressing the rape case for political reasons.
Sounds like Nifong is now ready for a senior appointment in the Bush/Gonzales Justice Department. He's doing a heck of a job!