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Nifong says he will resign as Durham district attorney

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong says today that he intends to resign.

A tearful Nifong made the statement today as he took the stand in his own defense at his ethics trial.

He says regardless of the bar's decision, it wouldn't be fair to the people in Durham County to be represented by "someone who is not held in high esteem."

He says people will always remember the Duke lacrosse case and that his community has suffered enough.

Nifong says many of the allegations against him are justified, but he says he's not a liar and always tried to do the right thing.

The North Carolina State Bar has charged Nifong with withholding critical DNA test results from defense attorneys, lying to the court and bar investigators and making misleading and inflammatory comments about the players.

The players have been cleared by North Carolina's attorney general.

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