Special Prosecutor In Duke Case Has Ties To District Attorney

One of the special prosecutors reviewing the Duke lacrosse sex offense case previously worked alongside Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong.

Nifong requested last week that the state attorney general's office appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case.

Special Deputy Attorney General Mary Winstead is one of two prosecutors assigned to review the case. She worked with Nifong for several years in the 1980s and early 1990s when both served as assistant prosecutors in Durham.

Some lawyers say that a former Nifong colleague is an unusual choice to help prosecute the lacrosse case. Nifong has been widely criticized for his handling of the case.

Nifong handed over thousands of pages of case evidence to the special prosecutors yesterday.