Nifong Begins 1-Day Jail Sentence

DA in Duke lacrosse rape case reports to Durham lockup
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2007 2:30 PM CDT
Nifong Begins 1-Day Jail Sentence
Former Durham County district attorney Mike Nifong is led into the Durham County Detention Center in Durham, N.C., Friday, Sept. 7, 2007. Nifong was sentenced to one day in jail after being charged with contempt of court in his handling of the Duke lacrosse case. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)   (Associated Press)

Surrounded by a small crowd of supporters, ex-DA Mike Nifong entered the Durham County jail at 9 this morning to begin his 24-hour sentence. Nifong was found guilty last week of willfully deceiving the court. He declined to comment to reporters, the News & Observer reports, only locking hands with his wife and remarking, "Nice day."

"We're here for you," one supporter said as Nifong entered the facility to be processed. Among the observers was exonerated Duke lacrosse player Thomas Clute, who  skipped practice to see Nifong locked up. "I wanted to watch vindication," he said. Meanwhile, the AP reports the three falsely accused players are seeking a $30 million settlement with the city. (Read more Duke rape case stories.)

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