Nifong Wants Attorney General's Office To Defend Him

Mike Nifong is asking the state attorney general's office to represent him in a federal lawsuit filed by the three former Duke University lacrosse players he tried to prosecute last year.

If the attorney general's office won't represent him, the former
Durham County district attorney wants that office to pay for
private counsel.

His request goes to the same office that found earlier this year
that he had no grounds to proceed with the case.

Attorneys for David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann
filed a complaint against several defendants, including Nifong and
the City of Durham. They're seeking unspecified punitive and
compensatory damages and attorney fees.

Evans, Finnerty and Seligmann were charged in April and May 2006
after an exotic dancer claimed she was raped at an off-campus party
hosted by lacrosse players. Nifong pursued several charges until
December, when he dismissed a rape charge against the men.

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