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Lawyers Recognize Nifong as Newsmaker

Posted December 14, 2007 3:03 p.m. EST

— The notoriety Mike Nifong gained in his handling of the Duke University lacrosse team sexual assault case almost garnered him some recognition from the American Bar Association.

Nifong, the former Durham County district attorney, was a runner-up for the ABA's top newsmaker award for 2007.

He came under fire and eventually lost his law license for his handling of the case, in which three Duke lacrosse players were wrongly accused of assaulting a stripper at a March 2006 team party. He still faces a lawsuit from the three players.

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez won the newsmaker award for his push to expand presidential powers during war time and the questionable firing of eight U.S. attorneys.