January 24, 2007
Already in hot water Durham North Carolina district attorney Mike Nifong is starting to feel to fire.
At a hearing with the State Bar Association, the beleaguered prosecutor who recently was forced to drop rape charges against three Duke Lacrosse players listened to the latest charges now levied against him.
They point out several times that Nifong either said in court or in legal papers he knew of no additional evidence that would benefit the defense in the prosecution of the athletes. But the Bars complaint contends he did.
He knew that DNA tests showed that none of the samples provided by the 46 players matched any material recovered from the accusers rape kit. But a week later Nifong charged the players with rape.
A stripper who had originally accused them of raping her later recanted part of her story and over the next few months she continued to change it. With all the allegations making headlines Dukes lacrosse season was cancelled and the coach fired.
Eventually Nifong dropped the rape charges but the accused are still charged with sexual assault and kidnapping. That case is now being handled by the North Carolina state attorneys office.
These new charges come on top of several other ethics charges against him in this case. As for Nifong, he is not talking. His trial on the ethics violations could start as early as Spring.