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Nifong a no-show at hearing to consider his formal removal from office

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DURHAM (AP) -- Disgraced prosecutor Mike Nifong didn't show up in court today for a hearing to consider his immediate removal as Durham County district attorney.

He's already been suspended and pledged to resign next month.

The veteran prosecutor was disbarred for breaking more than two dozen rules of professional conduct in his handling of the discredited Duke lacrosse rape case.

Nifong told the attorney hired to prosecute his removal that he plans to resubmit his resignation Monday, making it effective immediately.

Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson says he'll reconvene the hearing Monday. He could accept Nifong's new resignation or issue an order kicking him out of office.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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