Nifong's Swan Song

La Shawn Barber has followed the Duke Lacrosse/Mike Nifong story closely and today has a column about the latest chapter of the story.

Last Friday, a disgraced, disgraceful, and under-repentant Nifong sat before his North Carolina State Bar colleagues and the men he virtually held hostage for a year, tearfully offering a tepid, lawyer-like apology for his transgressions:

“To the extent that I made judgments that ultimately proved to be incorrect, I apologize to the three students that were wrongly accused.”

“My community has suffered enough… It has become 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.”

Neither his apology nor his intent to resign were enough to overcome his egregious ethics violations. On Saturday, June 16, Nifong’s colleagues found him guilty of lying to a judge, withholding evidence from the defense, and making inflammatory statements to the media about the case. And they disbarred him.

The decision is almost anti-climactic for those who saw through Nifong from the start. I got wind of the case a couple of weeks after Mangum accused the men. My initial impression turned out to be accurate – a stripper with a criminal record, a history of mental problems, and fantasies of gang rape told a Tawana Brawley-style whopper to save her own skin. But most of the blame falls squarely on Nifong’s head.

Update: Scott Johnson wants to know, now that Nifong has been punished, what consequences there will be for the Gang of 88.

…And yet Nifong’s misconduct was not the only professional misconduct that occurred in connection with the case. Who can forget Duke’s Gang of 88 radical professors that supported the on-campus lynch mob that issued “wanted” posters of the lacrosse players?

Scott has links to several stories about the 88.

Update II: Ed Morrisey has a post about Duke’s settlement with the falsely accused lacrosse players.

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