What Mike Nifong did was wrong - but it not just wrong, it was visible. Yet in spite of Nifong's clear ethical violations, and in spite of the fact that he indicted three innocent people, the state bar ethicals panel just barely agreed to punish him. Per K.C. Johnson, a history professor and author of a forthcoming book on the fiasco:
[T]he State Bar’s grievance committee voted to charge Mike Nifong with ethics violations by a mere one vote, with grievance committee chairman Jim Fox casting the tie-breaking vote.