Nifong, (hereinafter "Nifong"), was admitted tothe North Carolina State Bar on August 19,
at all times referred toherein, an attorney
law licensed to practice in North Carolina, subject to the laws of
State of North Carolina, the Rules and Regulations of the North Carolina State Bar
the Revised Rules
Professional Conduct.3. During all times relevant
this complaint, Nifong actively engaged
the practice of law in the State of North Carolina as District Attorney for the FourteenthProsecutorial District in Durham County, North Carolina.
Nifong was appointed District Attorney in 2005. In late March 2006,Nifong was engaged in a highly-contested political campaign
retain his office.
early morning hours
2006, an exotic dancer namedCrystal Mangum reported that she had been raped by three men during a party at
North Buchanan Boulevard in Durham.
Mangum asserted that she had beenvaginally, rectally, and orally penetrated with no condom used during the assault andwith at least some of the alleged perpetrators ejaculating.
Various pieces of evidence were collected for later
testing, includingevidence commonly referred to
"rape kit," which contained cheek scrapings, oral,vaginal,
pubic hair combing,
a pair of Ms. Mangum's underwear.
whatwould come to
known as "the Duke Lacrosse case" and executed a search warrant onthe house at 610 North Buchanan Boulevard on March
2006. The investigationrevealed that the residents of
North Buchanan were captains
the Duke Universitylacrosse team,
that a majority of the other attendees at the March 13,
partywere members of the team.
the thee residents of
10 North Buchanan voluntarilyassisted
in executing a search
at their residence.During the search,numerous pieces of evidence were seized for later testing.The three residents alsoprovided voluntary statements and voluntarily submitted
samples for comparisontesting purposes. One
residents was David Evans, who was later indicted forthe alleged attack on