Saturday, June 16, 2007

It Just Didn't Click.

You know, I think Bush has this problem. His brain doesn't 'click', it may clicketyclack but it just doesn't click. Isn't it amazing how defense attorneys will just go on and on, clicketyclacking long after the game is up. mmmm....that sounds like King George....

Disiplinary committee finds Duke prosecutor broke ethics rules
The Associated PressPublished: June 16, 2007

RALEIGH, North Carolina: A North Carolina prosecutor broke several rules of professional conduct during his disastrous prosecution of three white Duke University lacrosse players falsely acussed of raping a black stripper, a disciplinary committee ruled Saturday.

The committee must now decide if the longtime prosecutor, who tearfully pledged Friday to resign his post as district attorney, should be stripped of his law license. That decision was expected later Saturday.

"My community has suffered enough," Nifong said Friday at his trial. [boo hoo]

State prosecutors would later conclude the three players innocent victims of a rogue prosecutor's "tragic rush to accuse."

The North Carolina State Bar alleged 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 had been charged with raping a stripper at a team party in March 2006.

The committee, after deliberating for a little more than an hour, unanimously agreed with the bar on almost every charge, including the most serious allegations — that Nifong's actions involved "dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation."

Nifong's attorneys admitted Saturday that their client made "multiple, egregious mistakes." But they insisted none of his mistakes were made intentionally.

"It didn't click," Nifong's attorney, Dudley Witt, said as he tried to explain away one of Nifong's errors. "His mind is just his mind. That's the way it works. It just didn't click."

Bar prosecutor Douglas Brocker told the disciplinary committee that "Mr. Nifong did not act as a minister of justice, but as a minister of injustice."

Nifong on Friday said he wanted to own up to his mistakes, but that he did not make all the mistakes alleged by the bar. [li'l late for that, don't you think.]

"I will go to my grave being associated with this case. And that's OK," Nifong said.

Nifong said he regretted some of his statements, including a confident proclamation that he would not allow Durham to become known for "a bunch of lacrosse players from Duke raping a black girl."

The DNA tests found genetic material from several males in the accuser's underwear and body, but none from any lacrosse player. Aware of those results, Nifong pressed ahead with the case and won indictments against the players.

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