Duke D.A. Mike Nifong Resigns From Office
Bump and Update: Embattled D.A. Mike Nifong, while testifying in his ethics trial today, announced on the stand he is going to resign.
Facing the loss of his law license, a tearful Mike Nifong said Friday he will resign as district attorney, more than a year after he obtained rape indictments against three Duke University lacrosse players who were later declared innocent by state prosecutors. "My community has suffered enough," Nifong said from the witness stand at his ethics trial on allegations that he violated rules of professional conduct in his handling of the case.
You can watch the video of his announcement here.
Why make the announcement now? Perhaps because the trial has gone really badly for him, a decision is expected tomorrow and he's hoping for suspension rather than disbarment. If he admits his mistakes and resigns, perhaps he will avoid disbarment and be able to practice law again one day.
Closing arguments and deliberations are Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Original Post Below:
Exonerated Duke Lacrosse player Reade Seligman is on the witness stand now in the ethics trial of Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong.
You can watch live here.His full 63 minutes of testimony can be viewed here.
Nifong is expected to take the stand in his defense today. Things aren't looking good for him.
Here's an AP update.
Update: 10:45 am ET: Nifong is on the stand now, same link.
Update: Links to video of Nifong's testimony are below:
- LIVE: Nifong on Trial
- TRIAL VIDEO: Nifong Announces He's Resigning
- TRIAL VIDEO: Reade Seligmann Full Testimony (63 Minutes)
- Nifong's Testimony 'Extraordinary,' Lacrosse Attorney Says
- TRIAL VIDEO: Mike Nifong Testimony (Part 1)
- TRIAL VIDEO: Mike Nifong Testimony (Part 2)
- TRIAL VIDEO: Mike Nifong Testimony (Part 3)
- Nifong Made Mistakes But Didn't Lie, He Says
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