Newly inaugurated Durham County district attorney Tracey Cline--fresh off a campaign in which she at best misled and at worst lied to Durham voters regarding her position on the lacrosse case--sent a powerful message about the role that ethics will (or, in this case, will not) play in her office.
From Anne Blythe's article in the N&O:
Nifong, who was stripped of his law license for prosecutorial misconduct in the Duke lacrosse case, attended the ceremony at Cline's request [emphasis added]. He stood in the back of the courtroom and at the end hugged and shook hands with many of his former colleagues.
At least now we know why Cline didn't list upholding ethics as one of her desired qualifications for Durham County assistant district attorneys.