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Re: Duke lacrosse update

Postby knapplc » Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:37 am

Yet another update. How this guy can avoid the full penalty of law is beyond me. He really deserves to be hammered as an example to others who think this kind of "justice" is OK:


Nifong admits: No crime in lacrosse case

DURHAM, N.C. - Disgraced former prosecutor Mike Nifong acknowledged Thursday there is "no credible evidence" that three Duke lacrosse players committed any of the crimes he accused them of more than a year ago, offering for the first time a complete and unqualified apology.

"We all need to heal," Nifong said. "It is my hope we can start this process today."

Nifong's apology came as a judge began considering whether to hold the former Durham County district attorney in criminal contempt of court for his handling of the case.

Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III has already concluded there is probable cause to believe Nifong "willfully and intentionally made false statements of material fact" to the court during a hearing in the case last fall. If he finds Nifong in contempt, the now-disbarred former prosecutor could face up to 30 days in jail.

The case started with a woman's allegations that she was raped at a March 2006 lacrosse team party where she was hired as a stripper. Nifong won indictments against three team members, but the charges were later dropped, and state Attorney General Roy Cooper went a step farther by declaring the three men innocent victims of Nifong's "tragic rush to accuse."

On Thursday, Nifong apologized.

"I agree with state Attorney General there is no credible evidence that (the players) ... committed any of the crimes of which they were indicted," he said.

Attorneys for the three falsely accused players, who had previously rejected Nifong's attempts to make amends, accepted his apology.

"For many months, we have sought a real and meaningful apology from Mr. Nifong, for the pain he has caused these families and these young men, the entire Duke lacrosse team, the state of North Carolina and others," said attorney Joseph Cheshire.

"We are very appreciative that Mr. Nifong decided to do that today," he said. "We don't deny it was a difficult thing."

The men's attorneys had asked Smith to hold Nifong in contempt for telling the court he had provided the defense complete results from DNA testing when he had not.

Nifong learned in April 2006 the laboratory found genetic material from multiple males on and about the accuser, but none from the lacrosse players. He didn't provide that information to the defense until October, and only then in the form of nearly 2,000 pages of raw DNA test data.

A disciplinary hearing committee of the state bar stripped Nifong of his law license last month after finding he had committed more than two dozen violations of the state's rules of professional conduct during the case.
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Re: Duke lacrosse update

Postby StlSluggers » Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:48 am

So he apologizes right before someone decides whether or not he goes to jail?

What a butthead.
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Re: Duke lacrosse update

Postby RugbyD » Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:49 pm

Are there any hard labor debtors' prisons left? If so, I think we've found an ecxellent candidate:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/ye ... fong1.html

Mike Nifong Bankrupt
Disgraced Duke prosecutor lists $180M in liabilities
JANUARY 15--Disgraced and disbarred, Mike Nifong is now bankrupt. The former North Carolina prosecutor, whose career imploded with his botched handling of the Duke University rape case, today filed for bankruptcy, listing liabilities in excess of $180 million. A summary schedule from Nifong's Chapter 7 petition can be found below. Almost all of that sum represents legal claims filed against the former Durham County district attorney by members of Duke's 2006 lacrosse team, including the three players who were accused of raping a stripper at a team party. Included among Nifong's assets are a 2003 Honda Accord, about $9000 in personal property, and his $235,000 home. He lists nearly $5000 monthly in pension or retirement income and describes himself, charitably, as retired.


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Re: Duke lacrosse update

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:58 pm

Karma, poetic justice, etc. :-D
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Re: Duke lacrosse update

Postby JTWood » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:02 pm

$180M in liabilities!?!?!?!?!

Holy freakin' crap! 8-o
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Re: Duke lacrosse update

Postby knapplc » Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:44 am

RugbyD wrote:Are there any hard labor debtors' prisons left? If so, I think we've found an ecxellent candidate

I vote we get him a room with the Dry Cleaner Judge. :-t
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Re: Duke lacrosse update

Postby CadensDad » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:29 pm

Just 30 day's in jail? For destroying the career of a coach, killing the season for the team, and nearly ruining the lives of 3 players? Just 30 days? That's sad
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Re: Duke lacrosse update

Postby Lofunzo » Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:16 pm

CadensDad wrote:Just 30 day's in jail? For destroying the career of a coach, killing the season for the team, and nearly ruining the lives of 3 players? Just 30 days? That's sad


Agreed about this issue but didn't the coach have multiple issues with players under his watch in the past??
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