North Carolina congressman Walter Jones today demanded a Justice Department investigation of Nifong's misconduct, focusing on:
- the district attorney's ordering the Durham Police to violate their own procedures and confine the April 4 lineup to suspects;
- the district attorney's multiple procedurally improper and frequently misleading public statements.
I hope the Justice Department treats Jones' request seriously, and launches the necessary inquiry. As both prosecutor and de facto police chief, Nifong has absolute control over Durham police officers or assistant district attorneys who might be inclined to report his misconduct. Only federal action can rectify this situation.