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Nifong's predecessor named interim DA; to name permanent replacement

Updated: June 21, 2007, 3:23 PM ET
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Durham County's former district attorney was sworn Thursday to temporarily replace Mike Nifong, who was disbarred last week over his prosecution of the Duke lacrosse case.

Gov. Mike Easley picked Jim Hardin as interim district attorney, a job Hardin held from 1994 to 2005 before becoming a judge. Easley plans to name a permanent replacement later.

Nifong was disbarred for breaking more than two dozen rules of professional conduct in his handling of allegations ...

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