Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Duke Lacrosse Prosecutor Faces Trial

From The New York Times:
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- More than a year after shocking allegations emerged about Duke University's lacrosse team, prosecutor Mike Nifong was back in court Tuesday -- this time as the defendant.

The North Carolina State Bar charged the Durham County district attorney with several violations of the state's rules of professional conduct, all tied to his handling of the lacrosse case.

If convicted by a disciplinary commission hearing the case, he could be stripped of his license to practice law in the state. ...

Nifong asked the office of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to take over the lacrosse prosecution in January. By then, most experts and legal observers had long since concluded the case could not be won.

Cooper agreed in April and dropped all charges against the three players. In a stunning rebuke, he said there was no rape or attack, calling the indicted players ''innocent'' victims of a rogue prosecutor's ''tragic rush to accuse.''

I'm inclined to say it couldn't happen to a nicer guy--but there are too many competing candidates in DC (several worthy of impeachment first).

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