Duke Prosecutor Apologizes

"Anytime somebody has been accused of anything or even suspicion of anything, I think they should hire an attorney," Freedman said. "People need an attorney anytime they're dealing with the judicial process."

Freedman brushed aside calls for Nifong to step down as Durham County's district attorney. Beth Brewer, a Durham citizen and political rival of Nifong's, filed court documents asking the county's chief judge to remove Nifong from office. The judge in the case said he would wait until the bar process had run its course.

"The people of Durham have elected him to that position. They want him to stay in that position. His office is running well at this point," Freedman said.

Nifong is "a career prosecutor that he has spent his whole life trying to work for justice," Freedman said. "He recused himself [in January]. He turned the case over. He was fine with an independent review."

The three lacrosse players have not publicly stated whether they plan to pursue a civil suit against Nifong or anyone else involved with the case.

Nifong is scheduled to appear at an April 13 bar hearing, where his lawyers will argue that some of the more serious charges against him should be dropped.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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