Gov. Easley Talks About Nifong Resignation

Mike Nifong
Mike Nifong


-- Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong has lost his license to practice law for his role in the Duke lacrosse rape scandal, and Governor Mike Easley is expecting Nifong's letter of resignation.

Nifong was disbarred Saturday for unethical conduct in the Duke lacrosse case. A disciplinary committee found that he broke more than two dozen rules of professional conduct, including lying to the court, making improper statements and withholding DNA evidence.

Governor Easley was in Wrightsville Beach Monday for the FBI National Academy Associates Conference. He says he agrees with the commitee's decision to disbar Nifong.

"I think it's very important to recognize the amount of discretion and power that the constitution gives to the DA's. It has to be used wisely and judiciously. If not, it has to be taken away immediately, so the process worked here," said Gov. Easley.

There's no word on who Easley plans to appoint to replace Nifong.

Reported by Sarah Warlick