DURHAM — Embattled prosecutor Mike Nifong is set to be sworn in as Durham's district attorney this morning.
Nifong, a career prosecutor who kept a low profile for the first 27 years of his career in Durham, is now nationally known for his involvement in the sexual assault case against three former Duke University lacrosse players. The players deny the accusations that they assaulted an escort service dancer at a party.
Nifong was accused last week of ethics violations by the State Bar for his early public statements about the case. The agency regulates and licenses lawyers.
Nifong was elected to a four-year term in November in a contentious election that focused heavily on the lacrosse case. Nifong is scheduled to be sworn in at 8 a.m. at the Durham County Courthouse.