The Associated Press reports that Mike Nifong, the rogue prosecutor who is railroading the three Duke lacrosse players for a sexual assault they did not commit, has asked the North Carolina Attorney General to remove him from the case and appoint a special prosecutor.
Notably, Nifong's attorney (Nifong is facing state ethics charges for his conduct in the case that could lead to his disbarment) told the press that Nifong's decision to remove himself from the case "has nothing to do with how he feels about the merit of the case." Despite overwhelming evidence that the accusations against the three defendants are complete fabrications, Nifong continues to insist that his case has "merit." Absurd. I strongly suspect that once Nifong is off the case and a special prosecutor is appointed, all the charges will be dropped. Nifong's "feelings" are the only reason this case is still pending.
Perhaps most outrageously, Nifong's attorney explained that Nifong is seeking to remove himself from the case because "he feels, as a result of the accusations against him, that he would be a distraction and he wants to make sure the accuser receives a fair trial." Now, I'm all for the notion of "victim's rights," but the right to a fair trial is a right belonging to the defendant, not the accuser. As a District Attorney sworn to uphold the rule of law, Nifong should understand this fundamental principle. Clearly, he doesn't. That's been the problem from the start.
Update: The North Carolina AG granted