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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Duke Case — Lawyering Up Mike Nifong

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Great News Mike! The state will continue to provide representationWRAL:
Nifong Wants State to Represent Him in Civil Case -- Former Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong has asked that the North Carolina Attorney General's Office represent him in a federal lawsuit filed by the three former Duke University lacrosse players he sought to prosecute last year.

"Because I was a constitutional officer of the State of North Carolina at the time that the subject matter of the complaint arose … and because the complaint arises out of the exercise of the duties of that office, I am herby requesting that you make any arrangements to secure my representation in this matter," Nifong wrote in a letter dated Oct. 8 to the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts. (Read the letter.)

If not, because of a conflict of interest or "any other disability," the disbarred prosecutor wants private counsel and the state to pay for it.

"I am requesting that you authorize payment by the State of North Carolina of all fees, costs and expenses arising out of my representation in this matter by private counsel," Nifong wrote. [...]
discussion:
LieStoppers forum: I needs a lawyer!, M.B. Nifong Requuest
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LieStoppers blog:
Nifong needs an attorney -- Those heady days of March-April 2006 are but mere memories for some. However for those of us who followed this case we saw how Nifong played with the lives of these 47 families including Coach Pressler's. We can't forget his words.
"Why do they need lawyers if they have not done anything wrong?"
Did he care about about their legal bills when he knew these charge were false? When it comes to Nifong's dilemma I must invoke Rhett Butler fable line.

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!"
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Anne Blythe / News & Observer:
Nifong wants state to pay his legal costs -- On Oct. 12, James B. Craven III, a Durham lawyer representing Nifong, sent a letter to Walker, reiterating the request that the state pick up his legal tab for the civil suit.

In that letter, Craven said he and Nifong think State Attorney General Roy Cooper "may well have a conflict [of interest] and thus is unable to represent Mike." [...]
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ABC11-TV:
Nifong requests representation in civil suit -- Eyewitness News has learned Nifong has tapped Durham attorney James Craven to represent him. Crave tells the Attorney General's Office he's "happy" to help Nifong as long as the city is willing to pay the bill. [...]

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