House Approves Bill To Remove Disbarred DAs

Lawmakers have unanimously approved legislation that allows Governor Easley to immediately remove Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong from office.
The measure passed yesterday, just hours after a judge suspended
the disbarred prosecutor.

Representatives in the House voted 116-to-nothing in favor of the bill. It now heads to the Senate, which approved it unanimously in early April and must sign off on minor changes made in the House before Easley can sign it into law.

Nifong was disbarred Saturday for breaking more than two dozen
rules of professional conduct in his handling of the Duke lacrosse
rape case. He said in a letter released Monday that he would leave
office July 13th -- a date that could arrive before the legislation
becomes law.

That wasn't soon enough for Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson,
who yesterday suspended Nifong with pay. The county sheriff
immediately stripped Nifong of his badge and the keys to his office.


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