Nifong Ethics Charges To Stand

A disciplinary committee has rejected a request to dismiss some ethics charges against the former prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse case.

The charges accuse Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong of withholding critical D-N-A evidence from the defense.

Nifong had little to say as he left the hearing and referred to a statement he made a day earlier in which he apologized to the three players.

Friday's decision by the three-member panel came shortly after an hour-long hearing.

The North Carolina State Bar has accused Nifong with breaking several rules of professional conduct as he led the investigation into allegations three men raped a stripper at a party thrown by the lacrosse team in March 2006.

This week, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dismissed all charges in the case, and said the three players indicted were innocent and that his investigators concluded no attack occurred.


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