KC Johnson explains the charges against Michael Nifong, Durhum District Attorney and former prosecutor of the baseless charges brought against three Duke students. The case is now being investigated by another attorney and hopefully will soon be dropped against the lacrosse players.
Nifong's malfeasance boggles the mind. Here's a brief sum-up (and I'm no lawyer, so these aren't necessary legal terms):
- Withheld exculpatory evidence
- Lied to the press and court and defense about the existence of said evidence
- Held numerous press conferences assuring criminal acts ruining reputations
- Did not interview the accused
- Did not interview the defendants
- Used this case to forward his re-election campaign
- Blackmailed a witness--arresting him (taxi driver) for past crimes for being a witness for the defense
- Ditto the other stripper
- Exploited racial, class and minority sentiments for his own ends
- He sticks by his conduct, defends the charges, and wishes to be a "tool for reconciliation" demonstrating that he is completely devoid of any morals.
And yet, some commenters over at KC Johnson feel sorry for the guy. Why?
All agree that Nifong is a bad guy who did bad things. But given that he almost certainly will be disbarred, will lose his source of future income, will fail to fully vest in his pension and will spend his entire life savings on legal fees (if not legal judgments), is it possible to feel some pity for this man?So just to clarify, we should feel sorry for Nifong, even let him off the hook because he's:
Not everyone is as bright and as capable as many (most? almost all?) posters on DIW. He got in over his head - and got destroyed. He is most assuredly THE villian in the Duke Hoax Case, but is he not also a hapless, unfortunate victim of his own villainous?
- Stupid--"not....bright and capable"
- Full of hubris--"got in over his head"
Mercy without justice is lawlessness dressed in Sunday's best. What a load of self-righteous garbage.
Mike Nifong needs to be prosecuted precisely because he's so inept, corrupt and prideful. So convinced of his superiority or at least so convinced of the states corruptness that he would be allowed to continue his case unmolested, he needs to be on the receiving end of "justice" to understand justice. Some people learn no other way.
Mike Nifong had no love of justice, law, fairness or equity as he brought this Duke case, justice for him will be more than he deserves. False mercy mocks justice.