As John notes below, the organized bar of North Carolina has roused itself to administer justice to Durham Country District Attorney Michael Nifong. In disbarring him, the disciplinary committee imposed the maximum punishment available. Disbarment is the professional equivalent of capital punishment. Professor K.C. Johnson has been the indispensable chronicler of the case at Durham-in-Wonderland. Professor Johnson concludes his Sunday roundup on the disciplinary proceeding with the statement of Steven Michael, the president of the North Carolina state bar:
In my experience, misconduct of the sort Mr. Nifong engaged in is very rare and not at all typical of prosecutors in our state. We deeply regret the serious harm caused to these young men and their families. We hope the decision today will lessen the likelihood that anything like this will happen again.