Hearing In Nifong's Criminal Contempt Case Underway

Former prosecutor Mike Nifong is in court today, as a judge begins considering whether to hold him in criminal contempt for his handling of the discredited Duke lacrosse rape case.

Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith the Third has already
concluded there is probable cause to think Nifong deliberately made
false statements in court about the case last fall.

Smith originally had planned to consider the actual contempt charge today, but he's considering only preliminary motions.

Prosecutor Charles Davis has said he expects the court to set a
hearing date today. Nifong's attorneys, Jim Glover and Ann Petersen, did not return calls seeking comment prior to today's hearing.

Nifong faces up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to 500 dollars if he is found in contempt.


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