Exoneration for players complete as Duke DA disbarred
Finding him to be a liar and an evidence withholder, a North Carolina bar committee found that resigned Durham district attorney Mike Nifong must be stripped of his law license for his handling of the now-discredited allegations that three members of the Duke lacrosse team raped a stripper.
The case had been closely followed in Charlottesville because the team was a perennial top competitor with UVA's lacrosse team (they beat UVA this year for the ACC title and missed the national championship by a single goal) and because there were at least two Charlottesville students on the team at the time of the incident.
In April, the two– Covenant School graduates Bo Carrington and Steve Schoeffel– gave an interview to the Daily Progress in which they talked about the stigma of living under such a cloud over their team. It later emerged that DNA exonerated every member of the team and that stripper Crystal Gail Mangum has a troubled history that includes taxi theft, substance-abuse problems, and even a prior instance of lodging questionable rape allegations.
But it was Nifong's duty to sift the fantasy from reality, and as state bar prosecutor Douglas Brocker was quoted in the New York Daily News, "Nifong did not act as a minister of justice, but as a minister of injustice."