Sunday, June 17, 2007

Disbarment Appropriate Remedy

District Attorney Michael Nifong was disbarred Saturday for his unethical rape prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players. Deemed a politically motivated act, the ethics panel said, that he inexplicably allowed the case to fester for months after it was clear the defendants were innocent. This was a proper remedy. Unfortunately, it will not restore the defendants lives. Most likely the prosecutor is immune from civil liability.

Nevertheless, Nifong's life is ruined. Without a law license, he can not practice any kind of law. Without his reputation, seems few will want to employ him. But he disgraced the profession when he committed "intentional prosecutorial misconduct." The punishment, in sum, fits the crime.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

justice

Anonymous said...

He got what he deserved

Ms. Calabaza said...

I'm surprised at how quick the process was. I thought this would take years.

I wonder if he gets to keep his pension?

Viper said...

Disbarment was the right thing to do. Yes, I suspect he still gets his pension. He was a county employee. I do not believe they have a forfeiture clause in the pension.

Viper said...

Disbarment was the right thing to do. Yes, I suspect he still gets his pension. He was a county employee. I do not believe they have a forfeiture clause in the pension.