Ex-DA Mike Nifong Held in Contempt of Court

A North Carolina judge today found ex-DA Mike Nifong in contempt of court for lying to the court about providing DNA tests to defense counsel in the abysmal Duke lacrosse players proseuction.

Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III sentenced Nifong, who has already been stripped of his law license and has resigned from office, to a single day in jail. He had faced as many as 30 days in jail and a fine as high as $500.

Prof. K.C. Johnson live-blogged the contempt trial.

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    by cpinva on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 07:45:12 PM EST
    nifong was found guilty, and sentenced at all, was because of all the media attention focused on this. had this just been your run-of-the-mill poor person, railroaded by an out of control DA, we'd never even have heard of it.

    don't delude yourself into thinking this case will give other DA's cause to pause, before pulling something equally as egregious, it won't. what they will take away from it is resisting the urge to open their big mouths in public, before the cameras.