Saturday, December 16, 2006

Disbar Mike Nifong

I hate to be profane, but are you f***in kidding me?

Here's the headline from the News & Observer in North Carolina:

Lab chief: Nifong said don't report all DNA data

We continue: "Brian Meehan, director of DNA Security of Burlington, said his lab found DNA from unidentified men in the underwear, pubic hair and rectum of the woman who said she was gang-raped at a lacrosse party in March. Nurses at Duke Hospital collected the samples a few hours after the alleged assault. Meehan said the DNA did not come from Reade Seligmann, David Evans, or Collin Finnerty, who have been charged with rape and sexual assault in the case."

On cross examination:

"Was the failure to report these results the intentional decision of you and the district attorney? Cooney asked.

“Yes,” Meehan replied."

From the North Carolina Bar Rules of Professional Conduct:

Rule 3.8 Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor


The prosecutor in a criminal case shall:

(a) refrain from prosecuting a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause;

(d) after reasonably diligent inquiry, make timely disclosure to the defense of all evidence or information required to be disclosed by applicable law, rules of procedure, or court opinions including all evidence or information known to the prosecutor that tends to negate the guilt of the accused or mitigates the offense, and, in connection with sentencing, disclose to the defense and to the tribunal all unprivileged mitigating information known to the prosecutor, except when the prosecutor is relieved of this responsibility by a protective order of the tribunal;


Mr. Nifong needs to surrender his license. He is not worthy of the Bar, as a prosecutor, or any type of lawyer.

Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please visit www.tannebaumweiss.com