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Nifong Contempt Hearing Postponed

A judge has postponed a hearing to consider holding former prosecutor Mike Nifong in criminal contempt of court for his handling of the Duke lacrosse rape case.

Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith had initially planned to
consider the issue on July 26th. He will instead hear motions and
other preliminary arguments that day, and will schedule the actual
contempt hearing for a later date.

Smith ruled last month there was probable cause to believe
Nifong "willfully and intentionally made false statements of
material fact" to the court while pursuing rape charges against
three Duke lacrosse players. The athletes were later cleared by
state prosecutors, who took care to call them innocent of the
allegations.

If held in contempt, Nifong faces up to 30 days in jail and a
fine of up to 500 dollars.


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