Mike Nifong made America a worse place. He stirred up a racial firestorm in a town where blacks had longstanding reason to mistrust the white power structure. He cynically played on the community’s resentment of white privilege incaranate at Duke University. He somehow made martyrs out of affluent white athletes who were anything but the choirboys they’re pretending to be.
And bottom line, he blatantly ignored evidence and abused his authority in pursuit of political ambition.
Today, though, we have evidence that sometimes just things happen to bad people:
N.C. Panel Disbars Duke Prosecutor
By AARON BEARD 06.16.07, 5:40 PM ETA disciplinary committee said Saturday disgraced prosecutor Mike Nifong would be disbarred for his disastrous prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape – a punishment the veteran prosecutor admitted was appropriate.
“This matter has been a fiasco. There’s no doubt about it,” said committee chairman F. Lane Williamson.
The North Carolina State Bar charged Nifong with breaking several rules of professional conduct, including lying to both the court and bar investigators and withholding critical DNA test results from the players’ defense attorneys.
The committee, after deliberating for a little more than an hour on Saturday, unanimously agreed with the bar on almost every charge – including the most serious allegations – that Nifong’s actions involved “dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation.” (Story.)
Sadly, some punks down Durham way have probably learned the wrong lesson from the decision, but I guess that’s a small price to pay for a good dose of justice.
I hate to wish people ill, but it’s okay if if I wish them exactly what they deserve, right?