Duke Rape Case: Nifong off the Case
District Attorney Mike Nifong has requested that he have himself removed from prosecuting the Duke Lacrosse rape investigation, ABC News has learned.
A source close to the investigation said Nifong sent a letter to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper asking his office to assume responsibility of the case. Calls to the Attorney General’s office and Mike Nifong’s office were not yet returned.
Is this the begining of the end of this case? Will the Special Prosecutor simply dismiss the case? K.C. Johnson writes,
If Cooper accepts the request, the special prosecutions division will have to review the entire case file. It seems extremely unlikely, however, that any prosecutor would go ahead with the current version of events, as laid out in the notes produced by Linwood Wilson on December 21.
That is my guess as well. This case may end with a whimper after starting with so much heat and controversy. More here. Note that Nifong has also secured legal counsel as well.
Update: K.C. Johnson on Nifong’s retaining legal counsel,
After all, 20 days before Freedman’s remarks, Nifong himself hypothesized, “One would wonder why one needs an attorney if one was not charged and had not done anything wrong.”
Yep, I guess we can conclude that Nifong did indeed violate various legal ethics based on Nifong-LogicTM.
Update II: In comments Chris Lawrence makes the observation,
Nifong’s case doesn’t really need a new prosecutor; at this point, it needs a more credible complainant. Unfortunately for Nifong, a letter to the state attorney general won’t fix that problem.
Which is exactly right and one of the primary reasons that the case will likely be dismissed.