Judge To Retake Durham DA Position

Governor Mike Easley has named Judge Jim Hardin to replace Mike Nifong as acting Durham County district attorney.

The move comes just after the state Senate gave final approval
to a bill directing Easley to remove Nifong, who was recently disbarred for his handling of the Duke lacrosse rape case.

Nifong was originally appointed to replace Hardin after he became a superior court judge.

Hardin is expected to be acting district attorney for two months, allowing the governor time to choose a replacement to serve the rest of Nifong's term through 2008.