Councilman, Duke Professor Call On Nifong To Resign

A Durham city councilman and a Duke law school professor are calling on District Attorney Mike Nifong (NY'-fahng) to resign after charges against three Duke lacrosse players were dropped.

Councilman Thomas Stith says Nifong's immediate resignation would be in his best interest and in the best interest of the community.

Duke law professor James Coleman says state Attorney General Roy Cooper's criticism of Nifong yesterday made it clear the prosecutor had no basis to charge David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann.

Coleman and Stith also say officials have to take a hard look at the Durham Police Department's role in the case.

An assistant to Nifong said he was away from his office Wednesday and unavailable for comment but will return to work today. There was no answer to a phone call to his home Wednesday night.