One of the boys' attorneys responded:
"You can accept an apology from someone who knows all the facts and simply makes an error. If a person refuses to know all the facts and then makes a judgment, that's far worse -- particularly when that judgment destroys lives."
Mr. Nifong's career future is not looking bright at the moment. Which is as it should be.
KC Johnson, commenting on yesterday's events, wrote about North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper as follows:
"This case has featured an example of a prosecutor who corrupted the justice system and stoked race and class tensions in his hometown to further his political career.
"Cooper could have taken the easy way out, delivering a milquetoast statement that dismissed the charges but did little else. Instead, he delivered a speech that will define his political career.
"At an early stage of the case, Mike Nifong preposterously asserted that his favorite novels included To Kill a Mockingbird. Yesterday, Roy Cooper provided a reminder that the spirit of Atticus Finch remains alive."