Judge to Seek Immediate Removal of Nifong from Office

The New York Times reports:

The senior judge in Durham, N.C., said last night that he would file orders this morning to immediately suspend from office Michael B. Nifong, the district attorney at the center of the Duke lacrosse case.

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Mr. Nifong was disbarred Saturday and had promised to resign, but he told the governor he planned to stay in office four more weeks.

“I will suspend him in the morning,” Judge Orlando F. Hudson Jr. of Superior Court said in a telephone interview last night.

Judge Hudson said he would also authorize Sheriff Worth Hill to “enforce the order to the best of his ability.”

“That is,” the judge said, “if that means removal of Mr. Nifong from the building, I think the sheriff can do that, or take away his parking pass or his key.”

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