Whatâ€™s Next for Michael Nifong?by Stephen Littau
Over the weekend, Michael Nifong was disbarred from practicing law for committing â€œintentional prosecutorial misconductâ€ in his handling of the so-called Duke Lacrosse Rape Case. While this is welcome news, more still needs to be done to right this wrong. The accused players David Evans, Collin Finnerty, and Reade Sieligmann endured a yearâ€™s worth of condemnation in the media for a crime they did not commit along with the threat of having their freedom taken away due to this overzealous prosecutorâ€™s actions. As this media spectacle raged on, the families of these young men spent millions on their defense. This begs an important question: does this district attorney or the lying whore who brought the false charges to begin with owe anything to these young men and their families beyond an apology? I contend that Michael Nifong, the City of Durham, the police department, and Crystal Mangum (the afore mentioned lying whore) at the very least owe restitution and punitive compensation to these young men and their families. I would even take it a step further and say that both Nifong and Mangum should do some hard time as well.
The attorneys for the players are in the process of pursuing both criminal and civil action against Nifong. The criminal charge the attorneys want the judge to consider against Nifong is for contempt for lying to the court.
The civil compensation that the players can expect from Nifong will likely not be enough to cover their legal expenses, however. Nifongâ€™s annual salary was $110,000 and reportedly has no other significant investments besides a mutual fund account and retirement account.
Sieligmannâ€™s attorney Jim Cooney was quoted following the Nifongâ€™s disbarment: â€œI donâ€™t think any of us are done with Mr. Nifong yet.â€
I hope Mr. Cooney makes good on this promise and goes after Mangum as well. One thing is for sure, I am not done with Mr. Nifong, the lying whore Crystal Mangum, or this case until justice has been delivered to these young men.