"... these three individuals [David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann,] are innocent of these charges."
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, Apr. 11, 2007
The AP reports today:
A judge suspended District Attorney Mike Nifong effective immediately Tuesday after learning the prosecutor disbarred for his handling of the Duke lacrosse rape case intended to stay in office for another month.We have a Durham citizen, Beth Brewer, to thank for Judge Hudson’s immediate suspension of Mike Nifong as Durham DA.
The sheriff immediately stripped Nifong of his badge and the keys to his office.
There is probable cause to believe that Nifong "has engaged in willful misconduct in office and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, which brings the office into disrepute," Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson wrote in his order.
Durham County Sheriff Worth Hill went to Nifong's house with a deputy to serve the order Tuesday morning.
Back in early February of this year, Beth filed an affidavit in Durham County Superior Court asking the court to exercise its authority to remove DA Mike Nifong from the office it was evident he’d abused and disgraced.
Judge Hudson could have acted then but he declined to do so until today.
It’s too bad Hudson delayed for four months but at least he did the right thing today in finally acting on Beth’s affidavit.
You can read in this JinC post, That Affidavit Got Results, what I said at the time Beth filed her affidavit.
And over at Liestoppers where Beth has blogged and which supported and publicized her efforts, you can read this post which provides background and current reporting on today’s events.
If you are just learning about Beth Brewer and the very important role she played in helping bring this day of justice in Durham about, please read this JinC post, Thank you, Beth Brewer , which details the work she did to try to unseat Nifong in last fall’s general election.
I’ve said, “Thank you, Beth Brewer," before and I’m very happy to say, “Thanks again, Beth Brewer.”
All of us in Durham who value justice owe Beth Brewer our deepest thanks.
Thank you, Beth Brewer