Raleigh — New ethics charges have been filed by the State Bar accusing Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong of withholding DNA evidence and misleading the court in the Duke lacrosse case.
The amended complaint cites findings from April 2006 that DNA tests found on the alleged accuser excluded all of the Duke lacrosse players as potential contributors.
The complaint also states Nifong was told of the test results by Brian Meehan, the director of the DNA company where the tests were performed.
According to the complaint, during one of the meetings in April, Nifong and Meehan agreed that the findings would only include “tests for which DNA found on specific evidence match or was consistent with DNA from known reference specimens.”
The amended complaint also states that the “potentially exculpatory DNA evidence and test results” would not be provided to defense attorneys.
The State Bar also cited dozens of pretrial comments Nifong made to the media early on in the case. On March 13, 2006, a woman, who was working as an exotic dancer, claims she was assaulted by three men during an off-campus party in March involving members of the Duke lacrosse team.
This is major. I see Nifong being disbarred, because I think the evidence is pretty clear cut. Will be interesting to see what happens.
Fanning racial tensions in this state, falsely accusing people who apparently aren’t guilty of anything other than hiring two strippers to come to their frat party of rape, destroying their lives, all in order to get reelected. The credibility of a lot of self-righteous ‘crusaders’ in this case has been shot, and it’s not just Nifong’s, but so many others, too, as Gail Heriot at The Right Coast blog explains.