State Attorney General Rips Nifong a New One: Defendants 'Innocent,' Prosecutors 'Rogue'

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Apr 11, 2007 2:54 PM

Well, you know, the best way you can rip one a new one in a very dignified news conference.

Ace liveblogged the conference, and the folks involved have finally done a good service for the Duke 3, honest prosecutors everywhere, and the state of North Carolina.

Allah will have "amazing" video (high praise from him), and the families of the lax players will be on in just a few.

Update: Here's the full statement. I'll excerpt a few bits.

We believe that these cases were the result of a tragic rush to accuse and a failure to verify serious allegations. Based on the significant inconsistencies between the evidence and the various accounts given by the accusing witness, we believe these three individuals are innocent of these charges.

We approached this case with the understanding that rape and sexual assault victims often have some inconsistencies in their accounts of a traumatic event. However, in this case, the inconsistencies were so significant and so contrary to the evidence that we have no credible evidence that an attack occurred in that house that night...

Next week, we'll be providing a written summary of the important factual findings and some of the specific contradictions that have led us to the conclusion that no attack occurred.

In this case, with the weight of the state behind him, the Durham district attorney pushed forward unchecked. There were many points in the case where caution would have served justice better than bravado. And in the rush to condemn, a community and a state lost the ability to see clearly. Regardless of the reasons this case was pushed forward, the result was wrong. Today, we need to learn from this and keep it from happening again to anybody.