In cases like these, the Nifong type offenders should be subject to the same amount of jail time as they were trying to impose on those they were unjustly trying to convict. This kind of crap would end in an instant.
Additionally, all attorneys involved in any court hearings should be subject to the same court rules as any average citizen compelled to give testemony. Isn't it strange the only ones speaking in a court room who are not under oath are the attorneys and the Judge?
Excellent point. I never realized that.
That’s not exactly right. Lawyers aren’t put under oath during the trial, but as “officers of the court” they are required to uphold their oath of office. If they lie or mislead they are subject to penalties (including disbarment and jail time). Judges are a little more complicated - usually there’s a commission that investigates corrupt judges. And yes, judges do get removed and lawyers get disbarred.