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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Nifong/Mangum Hoax — August 15, 2007

Updated — today's items:

Joseph Neff & Matt Dees, News & Observer:
Nifong sends in his license -- The former Durham district attorney vents as a panel reviewing police work in the lacrosse case inches along -- One form of resolution in the Duke lacrosse case came last week when former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong mailed his law license to the N.C. State Bar, ending his legal career.

Another form will have to wait. It could be weeks before a committee even meets again to discuss the police department's handling of the case, let alone finishes its report.

Nifong left with a parting shot, mailing his license with a note decrying "the fundamental unfairness" of how the bar had treated him.

The bitterness in his letter, dated Aug. 7, contrasted with his statements in June, when the bar's Disciplinary Hearing Commission ordered him stripped him of his law license for intentionally and repeatedly lying and cheating during his prosecution of rape charges against three Duke lacrosse players.

Near the end of the June hearing, Nifong said through his attorney that the State Bar had treated him fairly and that he would not appeal the verdict....

N&O: Nifong letter to bar, dated August 7, 2007 [pdf, 1 page]
SmokingGun: Nifong: The Dog Ate My Law License

The North Carolina State Bar
Attenion: Dottie Miani
Post Office Box 25908
Raleigh, NC 27611-5908

Re: The North Carolina State Bar v. Michael B. Nifong
06 DHC 34

Dear Ms. Miani:

Pursuant to F. Lane Williamson's signed order of July 20, 2007, a copy of which I received on July 18, 2007, I am hereby tendering my law license. You will note that it contains a misspelling of my middle name (which I unfortunately did not notice until after my swearing in) and damage subsequently inflicted by a puppy in her chewing stage. Consequently, it has never been framed or displayed.

I am unable to comply with the order that I surrender my membership card, as I have never been sent one. Since I have never encountered a situation in which I needed the card, I have never requested one.

I am also returning, unsigned, the Acceptance of Service for the amended order signed on July 24, 2007, which I received on August 3, 2007. Since the original order was prepared by the attorneys for the State Bar, submitted for review by the parties, and modified after objections were made, ample opportunity was given to include any proposed changes, and the changes incorporated in the amended order were not suggested by anyone. Mr. Williamson's e-mail assertion that the addition of a new conclusion of law based on the request of a Duke University law professor is merely a "clerical correction" is preposterous beyond belief, and is further evidence of the fundamental unfairness with which this entire procedure has been conducted.

Michael B. Nifong

comment: The dog ate Nifong's license. Did he call poison control?

Herald-Sun [registration required] :
Nifong gives up law license as ordered -- Former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong is now a former lawyer, too.

Nifong mailed his law license to the N.C. State Bar last week, complying with an order issued July 10 by Lane Williamson, who chaired the Bar panel that disbarred Nifong in June for his handling of the Duke lacrosse case.

The panel accused Nifong of nearly two dozen violations of ethics rules and found him guilty on 11 counts.

In an Aug. 7 letter accompanying his law license, Nifong has sharp words for Williamson's decision to amend the original order to include an omitted count a Duke law professor noticed.

The change, he says, "is further evidence of the fundamental unfairness with which this entire procedure has been conducted."

Near the end of his Bar hearing in June, Nifong said he had been treated fairly...

KC Johnson: Nifong Accuses Bar of "Fundamental Unfairness"
LS forum: Nifong: State Bar Unfair...
Fark: Nifong complains about "the fundamental unfairness" of bar...
LieStoppers blog:
"Deja vu all over again" -- he [Nifong] claimed the poor shape of his law license was due to a puppy who chewed on it...

Word quickly spread throughout the community to canine lovers to keep their dogs off the streets. Chief Chalmers could not be reached but the Durham PD promised to investigate the matter fully and has assigned their best District II investigators. Sergeant "No Notes" Gottlieb’s EZ Dry Erase board was wiped clean in preparation and "With What" Himan promised he would buy some film...
KC Johnson:
Nifong, Unfiltered --Mike Nifong’s August 7 letter surrendering his law license combined the pettiness, arrogance, and self-pity that characterized his performance throughout the lacrosse case...

Nifong’s most recent petulant response only confirms the DHC’s wisdom in taking his law license. This is a man who, in his unfiltered form, still appears to believe that he handled the lacrosse case in a procedurally proper manner.

Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape CaseLess than 3 weeks to release - Order now
Until Proven Innocent --
“A gripping, meticulous, blow-by-blow account of the whole grotesque affair. It is beautifully written, dramatic, and full of insights, exposing how vulnerable the prosecutorial system is to abuse and how ready the liberal media and PC academics are to serve as leaders of the lynch mob. A must read for anyone who cares about individual rights and justice.”--William Barr, former U.S. Attorney General

“A chilling, gripping account of how our judicial system can go terribly wrong. This is an important book that brings the Duke story to life and exposes troubling facts about our justice system and our citadels of higher learning. You may think you know the Duke story—but you don’t until you read this book.”
—Jan Crawford Greenberg, ABC News legal correspondent and author of Supreme Conflict
Forum topic(s) of note:
LieStoppers forum:
ESPN SOURCE... ESPN Shielding Lying source
-- This source was the originator of many falsehoods that were accepted by the General Public...
ESPN "journalism" is a joke.
Mike McCusker, Crystal Mess blog:
Michael [photo essay] --
What have I got to do to make you love me?
What have I got to do to make you care?
What do I do when lightning strikes me?
And I wake to find that you're not there?

What do I do to make you want me?
What have I got to do to be heard?
What do I say when it's all over?
And sorry seems to be the hardest word.

It's sad!

So sad!

It's a sad, sad situation! ...