Saturday, September 08, 2007

Overzealous prosecutor is jailed

"Justice works!" a woman shouted.

"I hope your family gets what you gave those families, you scumbag,'' a man said loudly.

These highly charged emotions were directed at the former district attorney for Durham County, North Carolina in the United States of America.

Nifong who pursued sexual assault charges made by Crystal Gail Mangum, an African American woman who was working as an escort and stripper, against members of the Duke University lacrosse team has been barred since he with held material evidence in a widely publicised case.

Now Mike Nifong has walked into jail to serve a 24-hour contempt sentence on Friday, soon after it was revealed that the three players he falsely accused of rape are seeking $30 million from the city.

The three falsely accused players are now seeking a $30 million settlement and reforms in the legal process, two people close to the case told The Associated Press on Friday.

If the terms aren't met, they will sue early next month, the sources said on condition of anonymity because the proposed settlement wasn't complete.

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