State Bar Issues Disbarment Order For Nifong

The North Carolina State Bar has issued a formal order disbarring Mike Nifong for his handling of the Duke lacrosse rape case.

Nifong must give up his law license no later than 30 days from when he's served with the order. He also has to pay costs associated with his ethics trial, including those of the court reporter and witnesses.

A disciplinary hearing committee decided to disbar Nifong after finding he'd committed at least two dozen violations of the state's rules of professional conduct. Nifong has resigned as Durham County's district attorney.

A woman hired to perform as a stripper at a lacrosse team party told police she was attacked by three men. The three were indicted for rape, kidnapping and sexual offense.

The rape charges were dropped in December after the accuser changed a key detail of her story, and Nifong gave the case to state prosecutors amid the ethics allegations. State prosecutors dropped the remaining charges in April.