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Nifong serves one day for contempt

September 09, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Former Durham County prosecutor Mike Nifong walked out of jail after completing a 24-hour contempt sentence imposed by a judge for lying to the court about crucial DNA evidence in a case alleging Duke lacrosse players raped a woman.

Nifong left the jail shortly after 9 a.m., where he was greeted with cheers and applause by a small crowd of supporters in the lobby. They surrounded the disgraced and disbarred prosecutor as he moved through a thick crowd of reporters to a waiting car.

Nifong thanked the jail's staff "for the professionalism with which I was treated and the respect which I was shown."

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