Saturday, January 27, 2007

Disciplining North Carolina Prosecutors

The current media storm regarding ethics charges against D.A. Mike Nifong arising out of the investigation and prosecution of three Duke lacrosse players may shed light on past disciplinary cases brought against criminal prosecutors in North Carolina. The Charlotte News Reporter relates a case where a man was sent to death row as a result of concealment of evidence and other serious misconduct by two prosecutors. The disciplinary charges were dismissed as untimely. They further report that another set of prosecutors who sent an innocent man to death row were reprimanded by the Bar. It will be hard to square that result with heavy discipline against Nifong but at least this matter may shed some light on the institutional bar leniency for abuse of the public trust by lawyers who undertake the sacred obligation to do justice. (Mike Frisch)

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