Mike Nifong’s prosecutorial misconduct just tip if iceberg

By Sinclere Lee

RALEIGH, North Carolina (BNW) —
The whole country is ready to lynch Mick Nifong for what everybody is calling prosecutorial misconduct in the Duke lacrosse players’ case. But, what everybody fails to accept is that the Duke case is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to prosecutorial misconduct in this country. Usually, Black men are the victims.

What happened to the Duke players, happens to Black men everyday in this country. There are millions of Black men in prison because of prosecutorial misconduct, but since they are Black, it’s not a big problem. And as a result, these white racist prosecutors have made careers by over charging Blacks in criminal cases, and in the end forcing them to plead guilty to a lesser crime.

Why do you think that while Black men make of less than 7% of the US population, they make-up over 70% of this county's prosecutions? That can’t be an accident… it’s racism!

What you expect when you get to court? The judge is white, the jury is white, the prosecutors are white; the cocaine you were selling is white and even your lawyer is white... so nigger, how is your black ass gone get some play in court?

The America criminal justice system is corrupt beyond belief. If you are fool enough to believe that the American criminal justice is fair and not rigged, you also believe in the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause. Yeah, the American criminal justice system is so fake that it makes wrestling look real.

Facing the loss of his law license, a tearful Mike Nifong said last week he will resign as district attorney, more than a year after he obtained rape indictments against three Duke University lacrosse players who were later declared innocent by state prosecutors.

While Mike Nifong is resigning, the rest of these crooked, rotten prosecutors across the country need to resigned too; especially the ones who convicted the hundreds of innocent people who were later found innocent because of DNA evidence. I would venture to say that there is not one honest broker in any DA office in this country. And, that's saying a lot!

"My community has suffered enough," Nifong said from the witness stand at his ethics trial on allegations that he violated rules of professional conduct in his handling of the case.

The North Carolina State Bar said Nifong withheld DNA test results from the players' defense attorneys, lied to the court and bar investigators, and made misleading and inflammatory comments about the three athletes, who were cleared of charges they raped a stripper at a team party in March 2006.

Nifong said he did not make all the mistakes alleged by the bar, "but they are my mistakes."

"It has become increasingly 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," Nifong said.

Earlier Friday, Nifong acknowledged that he "maybe got carried away a little bit" in talking about the three lacrosse players who were once charged with raping a stripper, and he said he expected to be punished by the state bar.

"I think clearly some of the statements I made were improper," he testified Friday at the trial.

The now former lacrosse players were cleared after the state attorney general, who concluded they were "innocent" victims of a rogue prosecutor's "tragic rush to accuse."

The DNA tests indeed failed to show any physical contact between the accuser and the members of the lacrosse team, but Nifong still pressed ahead with the case and won indictments against Reade Seligmann, Dave Evans and Collin Finnerty.

"We went from being viewed as athletes to being viewed as rapists," Seligmann testified last week.

Seligmann broke into tears as he described how his attorney got a call from Nifong notifying him of the indictment last year. He said the attorney glanced his way and said, "She picked you."

"My dad just fell to the floor, and I just sat on the ground," Seligmann said. "And I said, 'My life is over.' ... The first thing I thought about was, 'How am I going to tell my mom."

His attorneys pulled together ATM receipts, cell phone records, time-stamped photos and the testimony of the cab driver who took Seligmann home the night of the off-campus party where the woman, hired to perform as a stripper, said she had been attacked.

"I don't know much about the law," Seligmann said, "but you hear the word alibi, and you think that's one of the first things a prosecutor would want to have. You don't charge an innocent person. I could never understand it."

"The comment about race was not a comment that should have been made." But, it’s all about race in this country!

If Nifong is convicted of lying and withholding the test results, the bar's disciplinary committee could strip him of his license to practice law in North Carolina. He said of the DNA evidence last week, "Whether we feel it is exculpatory or not, I'm not denying they were entitled to have that evidence."

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