Nifong slapped with ethics complaint

posted at 7:41 pm on December 28, 2006 by Allahpundit

Ace worries that the Bar’s setting him up for a wrist slap by punishing him for violating the rules about prejudicial pretrial statements instead of, say, these:

Rule 3.4 Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel

A lawyer shall not:

(a) unlawfully obstruct another party’s access to evidence or unlawfully alter, destroy or conceal a document or other material having potential evidentiary value. A lawyer shall not counsel or assist another person to do any such act;…

Rule 3.8 Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor

The prosecutor in a criminal case shall:

(a) refrain from prosecuting a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause;…

(d) make timely disclosure to the defense of all evidence or information known to the prosecutor that tends to negate the guilt of the accused or mitigates the offense, and, in connection with sentencing, disclose to the defense and to the tribunal all unprivileged mitigating information known to the prosecutor, except when the prosecutor is relieved of this responsibility by a protective order of the tribunal;

They’ve had a file open on him since March, which makes me think maybe these were older charges that they’d already finished investigating and about which they felt confident enough to proceed. The accusation of suppressing evidence is more recent. It could be they haven’t gotten around to it yet and are planning to amend the complaint when they do.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Ace was right, though. State bars exist first and foremost to inflate the prestige of the profession. They’ve moved on Nifong now because they sense that public perceptions about his misconduct are threatening that prestige, but they have no incentive to expose just how shabby his behavior’s been. That’s why some people want to bring this out of their jurisdiction and into the state AG’s.

Four hundred complaints filed against him thus far, by the way. All things considered, I should say “only 400.”

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What took so long? What I don’t understand is why this guy is not charged with malicious prosecution?

jman on December 28, 2006 at 7:46 PM

I hope Nifong is prosecuted for destroying the lives of these Duke Lacrosse players; there is enough evidence revealed so far that DA Nifong used this case as election fodder and justice played no part in the prosecution. Can Nifong be made to suffer like these college students whose lives and academic record are forever tainted due to an election strategy?

IntheNet on December 28, 2006 at 7:58 PM

jman

I think it’s just the start.

R D on December 28, 2006 at 7:58 PM

What took so long? What I don’t understand is why this guy is not charged with malicious prosecution?

jman on December 28, 2006 at 7:46 PM

Because the system is set up to be of the lawyers, by the lawyers, and for the lawyers.

infidel4life on December 28, 2006 at 8:01 PM

That self-centered pompus dolt ruined the lives of several young men just to win a re-election on the backs of his black constituents. I’m convinced he’s going through with any prosecution of the remaining trumped up charges at all simply as an act of desperation, as if by the off chance that he secures a conviction for any crime, however slight, he will vindicate himself and save his despicable career.

What a pathetic small little speck of a man he is… and what a pathetic small little speck of a judicial system that would allow this prosecution to continue unabated.

SilverStar830 on December 28, 2006 at 8:07 PM

Nifong looks Clintonesque in that screen shot. He should be forced to share a jail cell with the stripper.

NTWR on December 28, 2006 at 8:08 PM

prosecutorial immunity. hogwash.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, and they are afraid of that.

shooter on December 28, 2006 at 8:09 PM

I hope this bucktoothed fraud gets sent to jail for ruining those kids lives and for a very long time. The only thing this piece of garbage wanted was to get elected and he was willing to do anything to anybody to get there!

NEMETI IN SYRACUSE on December 28, 2006 at 8:13 PM

Had Nifong just said no comment to the gaggle of reporters salivating over this case, all of this would not be happening to him now.

Wow, these guys have way too much power, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, as someone wisely said.

hillbillyjim on December 28, 2006 at 8:14 PM

Nifong is censured, Cindy Sheehan has been arrested and Saddam’s now headed for the gallows.

The good news just keeps rolling in.

doingwhatican on December 28, 2006 at 8:15 PM

What’s the difference between a catfish and a crooked lawyer?

One’s a bottom dwelling scum sucker… the other one’s a fish

That one never gets old.

SilverStar830 on December 28, 2006 at 8:18 PM

Why do Doctors like to work on lawyers?

Because they only have 2 moving parts. Their mouth and their Ahole. And those are interchangeable.

Wade on December 28, 2006 at 8:21 PM

Y A W N…..

Who didn’t see this coming?

AFTER those boys lives were ruined,

AFTER that slut got her fiftenn minutes of fame, and

AFTER that bottom feeder got the ignorant peasants to reelect his sorry @$$.

He won’t even get a wrist slap, much less lose his privileges at the barre.

seejanemom on December 28, 2006 at 8:25 PM

Why do Doctors like to work on lawyers?
Because they only have 2 moving parts. Their mouth and their Ahole. And those are interchangeable.

So, what are you saying that Allahpundit has only 2 moving parts and that his a$$hole is interchangeable with his mouth?

EF on December 28, 2006 at 8:29 PM

So, what are you saying that Allahpundit has only 2 moving parts and that his a$$hole is interchangeable with his mouth?

EF on December 28, 2006 at 8:29

No comment on your asinine reply to a joke. Maybe thou doth protest too much.

Wade on December 28, 2006 at 8:39 PM

Maybe thou doth protest too much.

Wade on December 28, 2006 at 8:39 PM

I do, thou dost, he doth, she doth, it doth, we do, ye do, they do.

Kralizec on December 28, 2006 at 8:49 PM

No comment on your asinine reply to a joke.

Tell it to Allah. It was a reply to your asinine joke.

EF on December 28, 2006 at 8:57 PM

Tell it to Allah. It was a reply to your asinine joke.

You are the one comparing AP to the joke.

Wade on December 28, 2006 at 9:04 PM

I do, thou dost, he doth, she doth, it doth, we do, ye do, they do.

Thanks for the reply, but what does that mean?

Wade on December 28, 2006 at 9:05 PM

Y A W N…..

Who didn’t see this coming?

AFTER those boys lives were ruined,

AFTER that slut got her fiftenn minutes of fame, and

AFTER that bottom feeder got the ignorant peasants to reelect his sorry @$$.

He won’t even get a wrist slap, much less lose his privileges at the barre.

seejanemom on December 28, 2006 at 8:25 PM

Right on target and quite correct!

Besides, he’s done the PC thing from minute one even though the “victim” now can’t remmeber what happened, has several other traces of DNA (from no-one at the party or on the lacrosse team, for that matter) that she either can’t remember or can’t explain, and has changed her story more times than Clinton changed interns.

and after all, PC is fashionable, isn’t it?

I’ll be shocked if the ignorant folks there don’t give him a shot as either mayor or governor.

Emmett J. on December 28, 2006 at 9:11 PM

Tell it to Allah. It was a reply to your asinine joke.

LOL…eof

Wade on December 28, 2006 at 9:12 PM

I’ll be shocked if the ignorant folks there don’t give him a shot as either mayor or governor

You got this right. He has and is pandering.

Wade on December 28, 2006 at 9:13 PM

Besides, he’s done the PC thing from minute one even though the “victim” now can’t remmeber what happened, has several other traces of DNA (from no-one at the party or on the lacrosse team, for that matter) that she either can’t remember or can’t explain, and has changed her story more times than Clinton changed interns.

typed too fast – remember, not remmeber.

Sorry about that.

Emmett J. on December 28, 2006 at 9:14 PM

I live down here. The “buzz” is that this is just the beginning. This case will go down in history as one that forever changed NC law, and for the better mind you. There is way too much power in the hands of the prosecutors in this state. Grand Jury proceedings aren’t even documented, recorded or otherwise open. There’s no telling what he said in that closed meeting with the Grand Jury.

Trust me, he’ll be at least disbarred…at least. Durham needs Duke WAY more than Duke needs Durham.

SouthernGent on December 28, 2006 at 10:40 PM

I’m down here too…and I agree with SouthernGent. He will at least get disbarred.

Though, if it wasn’t taking place in 2007, I’d say he’d get off AND get elected mayor (NOT governor – it’s only the idiots in Durham that like the jacka$$)…but since the year seems to be starting off REALLY well, what with Saddam going TU, Ethies kicking Islamic butt in Mogadishu, and all I think Nifong’s got a world of hurt coming.

And he deserves it all, and more.

tickleddragon on December 28, 2006 at 11:47 PM

My daughter is a lawyer but I tell her that I tell all my friends that she is a pole dancer at the local strip club.

DoctorDentons on December 29, 2006 at 6:56 AM

I’m waiting for the other people that were prosecuted by Nifong to start filing appeals…

Rusty Bill on December 29, 2006 at 8:43 AM

I imagine those kids in Durham love their attorneys. Without attorneys, those kids would spend the rest of their lives being railroaded by one (and now very alone)DA.

right2bright on December 29, 2006 at 8:49 AM

Gee, this is enough to give lawyers a bad name…

Oops, too late. /sarcasm

rmgraha on December 29, 2006 at 11:14 AM

If you think that this is the only case of prosecutorial misconduct, unfortunately, it is not.
It’s the same system that allowed numerous examples of malfeasance to be elected and retained in th US Congress.
It’s more than a crime, it’s suicidal, and must be corrected.

tormod on December 29, 2006 at 11:35 AM

If Allahpundit is a lawyer so be it; He shares in the image of his profession. He may not like it and in his case it may not be fair. That does not change the reputation the legal profession has earned and deserved for the most part in my opinion. You reap what you sow.

This same logic dictates we give males of middle east descent more attention for they are far more likely to be terrorist threatening our freedom and liberty, than 65 year old caucasian females.

MarkB on December 29, 2006 at 12:12 PM

I would like to see the Duke administration, as well as the 88 faculty members who signed that petition held accountable as well. They sure hung these kids out to dry.

GFB on December 29, 2006 at 1:01 PM

do you smell that? I think it’s the smell of someone’s career burning. Mmmmmmmmmmm bacon.

One Angry Christian on December 31, 2006 at 11:43 AM

I do, thou dost, he doth, she doth, it doth, we do, ye do, they do.

Thanks for the reply, but what does that mean?

Wade on December 28, 2006 at 9:05 PM

Kralizec was listing the various conjugations of the word “do” in classic Elizabethan English, in response to your “thou doth”.

Freelancer on January 1, 2007 at 5:36 AM