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Freda Black to Run Again for Durham D.A.

Posted January 16, 2008 3:00 p.m. EST
Updated January 16, 2008 5:54 p.m. EST

— The former Durham assistant district attorney who lost her job when Mike Nifong dismissed her says she will announce next month that she's running a second time for district attorney.

Freda Black, who was assistant prosecutor from 1991 to 2005, said Wednesday she will hold a news conference Feb. 1 at the Durham County courthouse to announce she's running for the position.

Nifong dismissed Black in 2005; he then defeated her in the May 2006 Democratic primary.

Nifong has since been disbarred for more than two dozen violations of the North Carolina State Bar's rules of professional conduct for his handling of the Duke University lacrosse case. He filed for bankruptcy this week.

David Saacks, whom Gov. Mike Easley appointed in September, is interim district attorney until the 2008 election. He has said he does not intend to run for the position, and he is ineligible because he lives in Wake County.

Black is best known for prosecuting Michael Peterson, the novelist serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife, Kathleen. The case received extensive media attention and has been the subject of a six-hour documentary and a made-for-TV movie.