Nifong May Face Criminal Charges

Attorneys for three Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape have asked a judge to hold disgraced prosecutor Mike Nifong in criminal contempt of court.

The attorneys wrote that Nifong engaged in a pattern of official prosecutorial misconduct, which violated at least a dozen laws, rules and court orders designed to protect due process and the pursuit of truth."

A disciplinary committee of the North Carolina State Bar has disbarred Nifong, who has submitted his resignation as Durham County's district attorney. Jim Hardin has succeeded him and will serve until Governor Easley appoints a permanent replacement.

Nifong pursued a woman's claim she was raped at a lacrosse team party where she had been hired to perform as a stripper. He won indictments against Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans, but eventually recused himself after being charged with several ethics violations. State prosecutors later declared the three players innocent.