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Will Duke Lacrosse prosecutor be disbarred?
Duke Lacrosse Prosecutor Hires Lawyers
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The prosecutor who removed himself from the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case has hired a well-known law firm to defend him against ethics charges before the North Carolina State Bar.
Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong has retained Winston-Salem lawyers David Freedman and Dudley Witt, law partners known for defending lawyers facing professional misconduct charges.
Boxes of case files from the Durham district attorney's office are brought Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, to the building housing the state attorney general's office in Raleigh, N.C. The attorney general's office has taken over the Duke lacrosse case.
"Years ago, I just started helping out lawyers who got in trouble for various things," said Freedman, a 1982 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's law school. "I have a firm belief that you look out for your own."
The state bar filed ethics charges against Nifong in December, accusing him of violating rules of professional conduct. The bar said Nifong made misleading and inflammatory remarks to the media about the lacrosse players.
The punishment for ethics violations can range from admonishment to disbarment.
Nifong filed rape charges against three lacrosse players in March, when a woman hired to perform as a stripper at a team party said she was raped. He has since dropped the rape charges after the accuser changed a key detail in her account.
The three players still face sexual offense and kidnapping charges. All three strongly maintain their innocence.
The bar's complaint cited dozens of remarks Nifong made to the media in the early days of the case that it said amounted to "improper commentary about the character, credibility and reputation of the accused."
In one comment, Nifong referred to the defendants as "a bunch of hooligans."
January 20, 2007 - 10:15 p.m. CST
01-21-07, 01:27 AM #2
Since when have we ever expected lawyers to behave as anything other than ambulance chasing jerkwads?
01-21-07, 02:42 AM #3
I hope the son ob a bithc goies to prison.
Last edited by Jackalope; 01-21-07 at 02:43 AM. Reason: I said something I shouldns' have."I'm not a coward,
I've just never been tested
I'd like to think that if I was,
I would pass"
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01-21-07, 12:29 PM #4
Jack, were you entirely sober when you posted that?
01-21-07, 12:50 PM #5
The trouble with law is lawyers (don't remember who said it, but it's oh so true).
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01-21-07, 11:19 PM #8GrasshopperVerified LEO
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Not for nothig, but screw 'em all. These guys were guilty of wrong doing. The reality is, they will ge plead down from original charge, so give 'em what you can get 'em for. The DA said nothing less than we were all thinking.And Shepards we shall be,
for thee, My Lord, for thee,
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy Command.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls will it ever be.
In Nomine Patris, Et Filli, Et Spiritus Sancti.
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