This case shows that no one is safe from being convicted on bogus charges in our justice system, especially if the defendant is white and/or male...the only reason these three students aren't going to prison for 20-plus years is the attention the case got plus the ability of their families to hire good lawyers. Nifong could have gotten away with this.
I don't want to burst any bubbles, but that has always been true and it happens every day. Nifong isn't the only DA in the country who will do "whatever it takes" to further his political ambitions.
"If I were King", I would make some serious changes to the judicial system.
1. Make it nearly impossible for healthy, mentally competent people to avoid jury duty, especially educated "professionals" who most often avoid service. If people can afford the time away from work for vacations every year, they could make time for jury duty. It is a DUTY we all owe to our fellow citizens.
2. Make it illegal for District Attorneys or lead prosecutors to run for any other public office for 10 years after they leave the DAs office. Most of the railroad cases are the result of DAs looking to build a high conviction rate or gain name recognition via press reports. That's exactly why Nifong was running to every TV camera in sight a few months ago.
Just as an aside. Don't ever believe that out "Justice System" is about finding the 'truth.' It's not. It's about following a process and if truth and process don't agree, process always wins.