Around the time of the September 18, 2009 State Bar disciplinary hearing against prosecutor Gregory C. Butler, the talk radio station WPTF-680 AM will feature a program dedicated to the North Carolina State Bar and its only disbarred prosecutor in its 76 years of existence, former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong. The Committee on Justice for Mike Nifong is currently in negotiations with the station’s news and programming director, Rick Martinez, to schedule a discussion and debate which will include the Committee’s Lay Advocate Sidney B. Harr as an in-house guest for the three hour “Bill LuMaye Show.” To date, no time has been scheduled in for this program, but as soon as there is confirmation, the date and time of the event will be immediately posted on this blog site, as well as the Committee’s website: www.justice4nifong.com.
It is hoped that the State Bar’s counsel, Katherine E. Jean, will play an active role in the program. In the event she is unable, for whatever reason, to participate, it is the hope of the Committee that another knowledgeable and qualified representative from the North Carolina State Bar take part. The Bar’s participation will afford listeners a chance to learn about this little known and secretive state agency, which is unregulated, has no oversight, and is accountable to no one group or individual. In addition to questioning its unjust and selective disbarment of Mike Nifong, the Bar could address other issues, including its plans to construct a new building, why it feels it needs to borrow money (a privilege in House Bill 360 that Governor Perdue recently signed into law) and if taxpayers are going to be held liable for these loans, and the financial status of the organization (including the subsidies it receives from state taxes).
For those individuals who read or contribute comments to our blog site (K.C. Johnson, Bill Anderson, Walt-in-Durham, Duke Dad, Charles, Rhonda, and others), this upcoming program will give you invaluable insight and information about Mr. Nifong’s disbarment, and the Duke Lacrosse case. Furthermore, you will recognize that you have long been misguided by the false claims made by the State Bar against Mr. Nifong, and perpetuated and reinforced in the biased media. Hopefully, you will be able to call in the program for a personal discourse with our lay advocate.
While the Committee looks forward to what promises to be a highly enlightening and entertaining event, we believe that the State and the North Carolina State Bar are extremely distressed and alarmed at the prospect. We therefore believe that there is a high probability that the Bar, as well as all state officials, will distance themselves from this program and go to extremes not to join the discussion. Avoiding discourse and debate on the unjust and selective disbarment of Mike Nifong on their part, is not an act of cowardice, but an act of wisdom. That is because the Bar’s position of disbarring Nifong is not only unethical, but indefensible. On the point of their involvement, we hope that we are mistaken, and that the state and State Bar will be as engaged in this project as we are.
However, the Committee would not be surprised if the state even went so far as to use its power and persuasion to try and scuttle the event. Even though the biased media has been solidly against Mr. Nifong, we are confident that a radio station of WPTF’s caliber and reputation will not be swayed by efforts to derail the Bill LuMaye program on the State Bar and its disbarment of Mike Nifong.
Keep tuned to this blog and our website for the latest information about this exciting event tentatively to be scheduled in mid-September.