Nifong Disbarred

By NewsDude ,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2007 6:41 AM CDT
Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong looks over his shoulder while being sentenced during his North Carolina State Bar trial in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, June 16, 2007. Nifong will be disbarred...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – North Carolina's Disciplinary Hearing Commission found that Durham County prosecutor Mike Nifong intentionally and repeatedly lied in prosecuting three Duke University lacrosse players for rape.  Nifong gave up his law license minutes later.  Nifong now likley faces civil law suits by the men he wrongly prosecuted. 

Commission Chairman Lane Williamson pretty much summed it up, "At the root of it is self-deception arising out of self-interest. ... His self-interest collided with a very volatile mix of race, sex and class, a situation which if it were a plot in a John Grisham novel would be considered to be too contrived."