June 15, 2007
Facing the loss of his law license, a tearful Mike Nifong said Friday he will resign as district attorney, more than a year after he obtained rape indictments against three Duke University lacrosse players who were later declared innocent by state prosecutors.
"My community has suffered enough," Nifong said from the
witness stand at his ethics trial on allegations that he violated
rules of professional conduct in his handling of the case.
The North Carolina State Bar said Nifong withheld DNA test results from the players' defense attorneys, lied to the court and bar investigators, and made misleading and inflammatory comments about the three athletes, who were cleared of charges they raped a stripper at a team party in March 2006.
Nifong said he did not make all the mistakes alleged by the bar,
"but they are my mistakes."
"It has become increasingly apparent, during the course of this
week, in some ways that it might not have been before, that my
presence as the district attorney in Durham is not furthering the
cause of justice," Nifong said.