Nifong Expected In Court Today For Hearing In Criminal Contempt

Disgraced former prosecutor Mike Nifong is expected in court today.

That's when a judge will begin the process of considering whether to hold Nifong in criminal contempt of court for his handling of the discredited Duke lacrosse rape case.

Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III has already concluded there is probable cause to believe Nifong "willfully and intentionally made false statements of material fact" to the court during a hearing in the lacrosse case last fall.

And he initially planned to consider the actual contempt charge at today's hearing.

But earlier this month, Smith decided to delay hearing the facts of the case and will instead consider preliminary motions.

The Louisburg attorney who's prosecuting the case says he expects Nifong to attend the hearing. Attorneys for the former Durham County district attorney didn't return calls seeking comment.