Nifong Shows Common Dirty Little Lawyer Tricks
Objective: Conduct litigation without regard to truth
Motive: Money and or Power
Method: Conceal evidence, make false statements in court
Case: NC Superior Court 06 CRS 4331
We must wake up from our slumber. We non lawyer citizens, as well as the media, have deluded ourselves into the belief that:
The sad truth is that lawyers lie and cheat all the time, as it suits them for their own benefit. It is all about money. Remember: power is just another form of money.
What Crimes Did Mike Nifong Commit?
The rape of the Duke Lacrosse team, and in particular the random threesome of David Evans, Collin Finnerty, and Reade Seligmann, by Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong was deliberate for the benefit of Mike Nifong. Nifong conspired with the professional (DNA) hired for the case to withhold information, then he lied when he declared before the court that he did not know of any exculpatory evidence. Thus: Lawyer Mike Nifong hid evidence which he was obligated to disclose, and lied about the facts in the proceedings in open court. It is the "Oldest Trick" in The Big Book Of Dirty Little Whore Lawyer Secrets.
Misconduct by Nifong in Duke Criminal Case Reflects Pervasive Attorney Misconduct in Civil Cases
Without detracting from the suffering of all of the Duke players and their families, we only learned of Nifong's dishonesty and fraud because the accused where from wealthy families and they faced 30 years in prison apiece. Those families undoubtedly spent a lot of money on their own lawyers in order to protect their innocent sons from severe consequences. Such scrutiny is not applied when people lives are not on the line, and it is "only" about money. Sadly, the cheating by Nifong in this criminal proceeding was merely par for the course for the conduct of lawyers in civil proceedings. When a lawyer is caught in a fraud on a civil matter, his opposing counsel won't seek justice in the punishment of his criminal opposing counsel.
Like A Doctor Who Intentionally Harms A Patient For Money
This is like a Doctor not telling a patient important test results, then prescribing medicine to make the condition worse because, all because it would make the Doctor richer. If the public learned of a Doctor who did such a thing, we would never allow such a Doctor to practice medicine again. Why do we allow a dishonest lawyer to continue to practice law? We have absolutely no say. Questions of lawyer misconduct are dealt with only by other lawyers, and almost always in private. Do we grant police officers with the sole authority to investigate themselves?
Lawyers Are Not Punished For Their Crimes, But Martha Stewart Goes To Prison
The essential result is that lawyers are not punished for concealing evidence or lying in court. Ironically, the dishonest conduct of one lawyer merely generates additional business for another lawyer. But don't forget that if any of us non lawyers did the same, we'd find our ass in jail! Take Martha Stewart, her incorrect recollection of her stock trade, which she corrected after reviewing her notes, was still enough to put her in prison.
Happens All The Time
Lawyers make false statements in court and conceal evidence in discovery all the time despite the fact that both actions are not just ethical violations but also crimes! Take this case for example:
Objective: Conduct Litigation, ignoring ethics rules and law
Motive: Money, Power, Ingratiate with Conflicted Client
Method: Conceal facts & evidence, false statements to court
Case: [ coming soon ... ]