Duke Lacrosse Update

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Former North Carolina prosecutor Mike Nifong has acknowledged that there is "no credible evidence" that three Duke lacrosse players sexually assaulted a stripper.

He offered up an unqualified apology today in a Durham courtroom, where a judge is deciding whether to hold him in criminal contempt for his handling of the case.

Nifong has already been disbarred. If he is found in contempt, the former Durham County district attorney could get up to 30 days in jail.

The judge has already concluded Nifong "willfully and intentionally made false statements of material fact" to the court.

Nifong won indictments against the three men after a woman claimed she was raped at a March 2006 party. The charges were eventually dropped. State Attorney General Roy Cooper went a step farther by declaring the three men innocent victims of Nifong's "tragic rush to accuse."

Nifong's apology was accepted by attorneys for the three falsely accused players, who had previously rejected his attempts to make amends.


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