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OK, that's kinda funny

Or at least I think so - maybe just a lawyer thing. Mike Nifong, the ex-Durham District Attorney, was disbarred earlier in the year for his prosecution of the Duke Lacrosse case, where three students were falsely accused of rape (as determined by the Attorney General's investigation of the incident and prosecution).

Yesterday, Nifong was found guilty of contempt of court for lying to the court about DNA evidence, and sentenced to one day of jail time (pretty minimal, yes, until you take into consideration that DAs are NEVER sent to jail for things they did as DAs. At least not in North Carolina, and not anywhere I know of.).

The funny? Yesterday was apparently the Feast Day for St. Raymond Nonnatus, the patron saint of (wait for it) the falsely accused.

It's a funny, funny ol' world, sometimes.



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Sep. 2nd, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
I'd probably find it funnier if I could figure out what he did or didn't do.
Sep. 2nd, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Who, Nonnatus or Nifong? :P

Nonnatus you should probably Wiki. Nifong, to make a long story short, indicted three Duke lacrosse players for rape after an off-campus party where the team hired two strippers to come dance. One of the strippers claimed she was raped, and after some questionable legal and police practices, three of the team members were indicted.

Where Nifong screwed up is that he hired a private DNA lab to run DNA tests on the rape kit run on the stripper (after the state SBI lab found nothing). The private lab found multiple DNA identifiers off of the stripper - NONE of which matched the three indicted students, or anyone else on the lacrosse team. Where he ACTUALLY really screwed up is that the DNA report (which by law, he has to release to the defendants) didn't indicate the findings that they found DNA, and it didn't match the accused. In other words, he tried to conceal evidence. Then, to make matters worse, he told the court at an evidentiary hearing that the report contained all the findings that the DNA expert had found and discussed with the DA's office. Thereby compounding the sin of concealing evidence with the cardinal sin of lying to the court about it.
Sep. 2nd, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
I had a nice moment of schadenfreude with that one.

The world, she does amuse...
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