The article goes on, "That revelation led to the demise of Nifong's law career. He was stripped of his law license and ousted from office." The "revelation" was truly one of insignificance, and when placed in proper context, it makes the actions taken by the state of North Carolina against Mr. Nifong all the more abhorrent. Take for example the following three cases in which prosecutors withheld evidence from defense attorneys in order to win death penalty convictions against innocent men:
- Prosecutors Ken Honeycutt and Scott Brewer withheld from the defense team of Jonathan Gregory Hoffman knowledge that it had made deals with the two main witnesses (one received immunity on other criminal charges, and the other received reward money as a condition for testifying). Hoffman served more than seven years on death row.
- Prosecutors David Hoke and Debra Graves withheld the following evidence from Alan Gell's defense team: (a) that they had made a deal with two key witnesses to receive reduced sentences in exchange for their testimony, and (b) nine witness statements from individuals who saw the murder victim alive during the period when Mr. Gell was incarcerated on an unrelated charge and could not have possibly have committed the murder for which he was charged. Likewise, Mr. Gell was sentenced to death and served ten years in prison for a crime prosecutors knew that he could not possibly have committed.
- Prosecutor Randy Lyons withheld information from the defense attorneys of Charles Wayne Munsey in winning a death penalty conviction. A memo by Assistant Attorney General Dale Talbert notified Prosecutor Lyons that records, from the prison where a "jailhouse snitch" alleged that Munsey confessed to him that he committed a murder for which he was charged, showed that the snitch was not incarcerated there, and could not have been in contact with Mr. Munsey to hear a confession. Talbert suggested that Lyons lie to the court and state that lack of such record did not preclude the snitch from being incarcerated at the prison. Mr. Lyons heeded Mr. Talbert's advice, and, in addition, did not even mention the information in the memo, which had exculpatory value. Munsey spent the remainder of his life in prison, where he died from lung cancer.
In the face of the monumental adverse revelations against them, of the aforementioned prosecutors, none was disbarred, fired, or severely disciplined. Scott Brewer went on to become a judge, and David Hoke was promoted to Assistant Director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts.
The atrocious fact is that Mike Nifong is the only prosecutor to be disbarred by the NC State Bar since its inception.. and for such a relatively insignificant revelation. And, that is apparently okay with The News & Observer, as it continues, with other media outlets, to spread the propaganda that Mike Nifong is the worst prosecutor in North Carolina history. Meanwhile, it gives the truly horrendous prosecutors a pass.