Wednesday, April 11, 2007

All Charges Dropped in Duke Lacrosse Case: Overreaching by DA Nifong Cited

AP story here.  The state attorney general is quoted as saying the athletes were innocent victims of a "tragic rush to accuse" by an overreaching district attorney.  The AP adds:  "Portraying Nifong as a 'rogue prosecutor,' [AG Roy] Cooper called for the passage of a law that would allow the North Carolina Supreme Court to remove a district attorney in the interest of justice."  [Alan Childress]

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The defense attorneys did a nice job in this case. When Nifong went public, the defense responded in kind - and it paid off. Remember the dicta from Gentile v. State Bar of Nevada, 501 U.S. 1030 (1991): "A defense attorney may pursue lawful strategies to obtain dismissal of an indictment or reduction of charges, including an attempt to demonstrate in the court of public opinion that the client does not deserve to be tried." Great stuff

Posted by: Joe Bowman | Apr 12, 2007 6:46:53 AM

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