Mike Nifong spent nearly three decades building a reputation as an honest prosecutor. Yet he is seen today as a bane to peers, many of whom feel tarnished by his mistakes in the now-infamous Duke lacrosse rape case.
His colleagues at the courthouse in Durham remain at a loss to explain how it happened.
Woody Vann has been a lawyer in Durham for nearly as long as Nifong has been a prosecutor there. He calls Nifong's slide a "tragedy."
This Tuesday Nifong will stand trial on ethics charges ranging from lying to the court to withholding potentially exculpatory evidence.
It's been more than a year since Nifong took the lead in investigating claims three men raped a stripper at a March 2006 party thrown by Duke's highly ranked lacrosse team.
These days he keeps a low profile in the Durham County Judicial building as he prepares for a fight that could end with his disbarment.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.