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Durham prosecutor moving to Wake

Posted March 29, 2010

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— A Durham County prosecutor is making the move to Wake County.

Assistant District Attorney David Saacks is leaving the Durham County District Attorneys' Office to take a position at the Wake County District Attorney's Office.

His last day in Durham is Thursday.

Saacks, an 18-year veteran of the office was involved in the prosecution of a number of high-profile cases, including the 2003 murder trial of Durham novelist Michael Peterson, who was convicted of killing his wife two years earlier.

Most recently, he prosecuted the case of Shannon Crawley, who was found guilty last month of first-degree murder in the Jan. 4, 2007, shooting death of Denita Monique Smith, a North Carolina Central University student.

In September 2007, then-Gov. Mike Easley appointed Saacks to temporarily replace former District Attorney Mike Nifong, who resigned after being disbarred.

He served in the position until January 2009, when District Attorney Tracey Cline took office.

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  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Mar 30, 2010

    wow was that pic taken from a lost episode of The Match Game? hahaha

  • budatduke Mar 30, 2010

    I'm kind of curious. What could make a guy who has 18 years on the job suddenly pull up stakes and move to another jurisdiction?

  • rtpduder Mar 30, 2010

    The crime is that bad in Durham huh? Even the prosecutors are moving out!

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Mar 30, 2010

    Can't we focus on the good? Nifong is gone. The accused were found innocent. Let's hope Wake County is the better for this guy coming over.

  • NoFreakinWay Mar 29, 2010

    and he's guilty there too!

  • donnied1952 Mar 29, 2010

    "In September 2007, then-Gov. Mike Easley appointed Saacks to temporarily replace former District Attorney Mike Nifong, who resigned after being disbarred."

    And therein lies one of the the major problem with our judicial system. Nifong had to resign, AFTER being disbarred.

    Mike Sleasy should have replaced him a long time before he was disbarred.