ABC 11 Reporter Tamara Gibbs has reported
Sources say the U.S. Attorney's Office Middle District of North Carolina is considering whether to investigate the case. Investigators are trying to determine whether the civil rights of the former defendants were violated. Numerous calls to the U.S. Attorney's Office were not returned.
Unlike a state probe, federal investigators can call for a grand jury inquiry and subpoena witnesses, if necessary. Sources say a possible state or federal probe could target both current and former members of Durham's police department and the Durham County District Attorneys Office.
Sources tell Eyewitness News that investigators observed Nifong's ethics trial as well as his contempt hearing. But, they have yet to decide whether to start an official criminal investigation. ABC11