The woman claiming to have sent the letter said she lied about sending it, and has been recorded by county detectives saying as much. The Beaver Countian previously reported discrepancies it found in her original story.
Early life[ edit ] This section relies largely or entirely writing a letter to a district attorney a single source. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources. December Career[ edit ] After spending a year as a per diem assistant with the Durham County District Attorney 's office, Nifong was hired on a full-time basis in He eventually worked his way up to chief assistant.
Nifong was sworn in on April 27, Duke lacrosse case[ edit ] Main article: Duke lacrosse case InNifong pursued rapesexual assaultand kidnapping charges made by Crystal Gail Manguma local black woman who was working as a call girl and stripperagainst Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans, three white members of the Duke University men's lacrosse team.
On the day he received his first briefing by police, March 27,he told the press, "The circumstances of the rape indicated a deep racial motivation for some of the things that were done. We're not at that stage yet. This was a few days after it was revealed in court that Nifong had withheld evidence from the defense concerning DNA tests.
The defense argued that Mangum had given at least a dozen different accounts of the incident, changing the number of attackers from twenty to three, and modifying the methods by which she was assaulted. Cooperasking his office to assume responsibility of the case.
Nifong said that the criticisms were the product of a defense strategy to malign the prosecution and intimidate the alleged rape victim.
During a preliminary hearing, Nifong said, "[Defense] attorneys were almost disappointed that their clients didn't get indicted so they could be a part of this spectacle here in Durham. Nifong then went on vacation and could not be reached for further comment.
Jones of North Carolina's 3rd district was reported to have sent a letter to U. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asking for an investigation into whether Nifong committed "prosecutorial misconduct" and violated the civil rights of the three suspects in the case;  Gonzales stated that his office might investigate how Nifong had handled the case.
Nifong for any directions as to how to conduct matters in this case. A federal judge in ruled that the civil lawsuit could proceed against Nifong, including claims of "malicious prosecution" and "fabrication of false evidence".
The State Bar denied the request, pointing out that North Carolina law "is unambiguous: Anyone subject to an NTO [Nontestimonial Identification Order] must be given any report of test results as soon as such a report is available.
Nifong's team argued that the law about revealing exculpatory evidence to the defense was too vague about a timetable.
Attorneys for the State Bar pointed out that it was only through diligent efforts of the Duke players' defense team that the DNA report was finally made available to them.
The formal ethics hearing began on June 12 in Raleigh. During the testimony, he apologized to the families of the Duke athletes and stated that he would resign as district attorney.
Joseph Cheshire, attorney for David Evansone of the accused players, dismissed the apology as "a cynical political attempt to save his law license". US prosecutor Mike Nifong to be disbarred for ethics violations On June 16,the North Carolina State Bar Disciplinary Committee unanimously voted to disbar Nifong after delivering a guilty verdict to 27 of 32 charges.
The committee found Nifong's previous disciplinary record and acknowledgment of his improper pre-trial statements were substantially outweighed by among other things the players' vulnerability and his failure to acknowledge the "wrongful nature of his conduct with respect of the handling of DNA evidence.
Nifong is the first sitting district attorney in the history of North Carolina to be disbarred. However, Williamson said that the panel had to issue a ruling, and issued its disbarment order shortly thereafter.
It is not known how much they can recover; Nifong had no income aside from his salary as DA, and public records indicate that he has no significant assets other than his home in Durham, real estate in western North Carolina and retirement accounts.
Hudson said that Nifong should have resigned immediately, saying that defense attorneys could challenge Nifong's authority. Easley, a former prosecutor and state attorney general, also felt that Nifong should have resigned immediately.
Hudson also appointed a Raleigh attorney as special prosecutor to oversee the removal proceeding. This process has been used only once before, when the district attorney for New Hanover and Pender counties was removed from office in for making a racial slur.
This came hours after Easley signed a bill that would allow the governor to remove a district attorney or judge from office if he or she has been disbarred or suspended from practicing law.
It had been unclear how soon Easley could have removed Nifong under this new law. The bill does not allow a governor to remove a DA or judge until the State Bar formally issued its order of disbarment, and all appeals have been exhausted.
However, as mentioned above, Nifong had said he would not appeal. Hardin was sworn in the next day, and served until Septemberwhen Easley appointed Assistant District Attorney David Saacks to fill out the first half of Nifong's term.
At the time of Hardin's swearing-in, negotiations were still under way between Nifong and the special prosecutor,  and Hudson was proceeding with the hearing to remove him for good. She was removed from office herself in for, among other things, making defamatory accusations against Judge Hudson.
Her license to practice law was suspended for five years in but she was not disbarred.Another type of case involves an attorney who is an employee of a law firm, where the law firm terminates the attorney's employment because that attorney obeyed a requirement of the Code of Professional Responsibility.
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