/ April 27, 2007

Duke Prosecutor Now Facing Prosecution Himself

North Carolina District Attorney Mike Nifong was already in trouble. The Durham D.A. had brought rape and kidnapping charges against three Duke lacrosse players – charges that he later dropped for a lack of evidence. But now it turns out that Nifong may have withheld exculpatory DNA evidence showing that the three students could not have committed the crime – and the state bar has accused him of intentionally withholding the evidence. As Slate points out, Nifong faces disbarment for a breach of legal ethics rules, as well as a possible investigation by the Department of Justice and even criminal liability.

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