The local Durham NC sex scandal involving the Duke lacrosse players continues to be treated as a story worthy of national attention. CBS' decision to lead with the District Attorney Nifong's request for a replacement prosecutor was presumably influenced by cross-promotional possibilities: Lesley Stahl's exclusive interview with the defendants' families on 60 Minutes on Sunday was promo'ed later in the newscast.
Mitchell asked CBS News legal analyst Andrew Cohen to assess the implications for the case: "We may be seeing the endgame here," Cohen answered, with the case being dropped. The other two newscasts hardly ignored the Nifong news, however. ABC's Nancy Weiner Cordes pointed to the ethics charges for prosecutorial misconduct hanging over Nifong's head: "He dropped charges of rape last month."
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