Nifong is found guilty of ethics violations and disbarred. The New York Times reports. KC Johnson lists out each accusation and the monotonous results: guilty, guilty, guilty. Johnson remarks, the "justice system was able to right itself--but done with backup systems, in a way that was never designed to work as the justice system should work."
Backup systems. Would they have worked, one wonders, if the victims of Nifong's frame had been someone poor and uneducated like the person Nifong purported to defend? The university, the media and even their teachers left them for dead. But they had their parents. Maybe one day, when the family is abolished altogether as a regressive social evil, future people in a frame won't even have that. One commenter on KC Johnson's site said that the former DA's greatest mistake was to pick on people who had the educational and monetary resources to fight back. Maybe that's the backup system.