"Hey Torquemada, whaddaya say? I just got back from the Auto-de-fe. Auto de fe? Whats an Auto de fe? It's what you oughtn't do but you do anyway!" - Mel Brooks
Today was the beginning of a public burning at the stake of Mike Nifong for violating all the principles he swore to uphold. Live by the stake, die by the stake, right Mike? Disbarred and publicly humiliated, he will now be facing possible criminal contempt charges, sought by the students he falsely and very publicly accused of rape. And I doubt things will stop there. My only question is, where do I donate to their legal fund? I'm not kidding. We all should donate because in going after the Nifongs of the world we're doing ourselves a service.
There's a line in Peter Morgan's play, Frost/Nixon, about hubris being a curse from the gods who disapprove of man's success. Unfortunately, we have a lot of blazing examples of this today. Mike Nifong is floating past us in a long sewage canal of similar power-gluttons who pretend they do the work of angels while they actually conspire to drag us into the muck and filth they root in every day.
This case is emblematic of all that is wrong with the mixture of politics and the law. A guy seeking a reelection should not be handling a high-profile criminal case that is sure to put him in the headlines. Frankly, isn't that what the whole Gonzales thing is about? The mixture of politics and the law? There has to be a separation. We have to be able to assume discretion and integrity on the part of those enforcing our laws. A prosecutor needs to act with a certain sobriety, a dispassionate methodology and agenda. Politics is anything but dispassionate.
As for Mike Nifong, what he did to those kids was sinful. What he did to their accuser was shameful. What he did to us is criminal. And what he did to himself has turned out to be justice.