From the Snooze Room:
Both City Councilman Thomas Stith and law professor James Coleman said Nifong should resign, and agreed that Durham police have some explaining to do.
Nifong's resignation "would be in his best interest and in the best interest of the community," Stith said. "We've talked about regrouping and healing and that would be a way to do it, for the district attorney to remove himself from office."
"How can you not [resign], after the attorney general has said that what you did was wholly without basis?" said Coleman, who led Duke University's investigation of the lacrosse team and early on called for Nifong to hand off the case to the attorney general's office.
Mayor Bill Bell said he thought people in Durham "are going to be accepting of" Cooper's decision "and will try to move forward."
"Bell wouldn't join Stith and Coleman in calling for Nifong's resignation. He said the State Bar's disciplinary process should be allowed to unfold.
"I have the same sentiment about this process that the DA is going through that the defendants were going through in this trial," Bell said. "People are presumed innocent. In Nifong's case, I'm satisfied to await the outcome of the process. He will be having his day in court before the bar."
The false accusations have "been unfortunate for the persons involved, [and] the families," Bell said. "I have a lot of empathy for that."