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From the AP:
District Attorney Mike Nifong was disbarred Saturday for his “selfish” rape prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players – a politically motivated act, his judges said, that he inexplicably allowed to fester for months after it was clear the defendants were innocent.
“This matter has been a fiasco. There’s no doubt about it,” said F. Lane Williamson, the chairman of the three-member disciplinary committee that stripped the veteran prosecutor of his state law license.
Even Nifong and his attorneys supported the decision, though the veteran prosecutor refused to admit to the end that no crime occurred at a March 2006 lacrosse team party.
The committee said Nifong manipulated the investigation to boost his chances of winning his first election for Durham County district attorney. In doing so, he committed “a clear case of intentional prosecutorial misconduct” that involved “dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation.”
Appointed district attorney in 2005, Nifong was in a tight race for the office when a stripper told police she was raped at the party.
“At the time he was facing a primary, and yes, he was politically naive,” Williamson said. “But we can draw no other conclusion that those initial statements he made were to further his political ambitions.”
During the ethics trial, Nifong acknowledged he knew there was no DNA evidence connecting Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty to the 28-year-old accuser when he indicted them on charges of rape, sexual offense and kidnapping. Nifong later charged Dave Evans with the same crimes. But months later, state prosecutors concluded the three players were “innocent” – a fact Williamson hammered home on Saturday.
“We acknowledge the actual innocence of the defendants, and there’s nothing here that has done anything but support that assertion,” Williamson said.
Well, they may be “innocent” of the actual crime of the actual rape of their actual accuser, but let’s not go getting too self righteous, Mr Williamson.
After all, no one has contested the ancillary charges, with their attendant suggestions of culpability, that defendants were, indeed, guilty of being WHITE, MALE, AND PRIVILEGED — something that certainly can’t be said for others attending Duke who weren’t accused of actual rape of an actual accuser, an ontological truism that the now-cleared defendants continue to use to their advantage.
Like, for instance, getting themselves cleared of false charges.
Better they’d not been able to afford decent counsel and gotten railroaded into jail by a politically motivated prosecutor on the word of an unreliable witness for a crime they didn’t commit. Because then they’d see what it’s like to live like the unprivileged, unwhite, unmales who aren’t fortunate enough to share in the defendants (undeserved) societal largesse.
And that would have sent a shot across the bow to all those white males of privilege that their days of avoiding jail for simply not committing a crime are OVER! — a message sent by a relatively unprivileged cabal of 88 Duke professors, professional / academic race and class hustlers, a District Attorney in Durham County, mainstream journalists, and those who were at one time selected to work on the campaign of a presidential candidate out of North Carolina.
BECAUSE OF THE HYPOCRISY!