Duke Prosecutor Nifong Quits Amid Ethics Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - After acknowledging that he made blunders during the Duke lacrosse rape case, prosecutor Mike Nifong says he is stepping down from his post as district attorney of Durham County, North Carolina.

He made the tearful announcement from the witness stand of his ethics trial, saying his "community has suffered enough."

Nifong is accused of being overzealous in his effort to convict three Duke lacrosse players of raping a stripper.

They were later declared innocent.

The North Carolina State Bar is accusing him of lying to investigators and withholding critical DNA test results from the defense.

The trial could cost Nifong his ability to practice law in the state.

Nifong says he "maybe got carried away a little bit."

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