Coming a year late and a dollar short, Mike Nifong resigned from the witness stand. In a scene reminiscent of Perry Mason’s exploits, the guilty witness, Durham N.C. District Attorney Nifong, quit right there on the spot.
He said that his community had suffered enough, as if he is doing some kind of selfless act of public service. The reality is that Mike Nifong only serves himself.
If he cared about his community, he would not have brought politically-motivated charges against three boys who did no wrong, and he wouldn’t have pursued a fictitious case in the face of all the evidence.
We hope Nifong quitting does not end the story. Mike Nifong should be disbarred from practicing law, criminally prosecuted, and sued by the boys and school he tried to ruin.
Hopefully at least the first step will be achieved by the North Carolinia judicial bar disciplinary hearing, something that we editorialized for as early as November 28, 2006.
See all of our coverage of the disgraced Mike Nifong and the Duke Lacrosse case here.
Nifong’s resignation comes during the hearing on his unprofessional conduct. The North Carolina State Bar charged Nifong with violating several rules governing professional conduct, including making misleading and inflammatory comments about the indicted men, lying to the court and bar investigators, and withholding critical DNA test results from the defense.
Update 1: here is the video.
Video of Mike Nifong Resignation Speech
Update 2: Nifong found guilty by state bar!
Update 3: Nifong is disbarred
Update 4: Duke University pays off the players in a “financial settlement” in order to avoid further litigation
The lacrosse players’ attorneys will file criminal charges against Nifong next week in North Carolina. Later civil lawsuits will give these poor Duke boys their final justice.