Mike Nifong, the former district attorney who spent 24-hours behind bars for withholding evidence during the Duke lacrosse case, was released from the Durham County Detention Facility at 9 a.m. today to the excited utterances from the same supporters who surrounded him Friday. Unlike Friday, Nifong had some things to say.
He thanked the jail staff for "the professionalism of which I was treated and the respect which I was shown. Other than that, I just want to go home and spend some time with my family."
Once Nifong exited the jail, there was more of the slight pushing and shoving between the media and supporters who surrounded him. Reporters kept asking questions and Nifong-supporter Victoria Peterson kept answering them with no comment.
"We love you here in Durham," Peterson said to Nifong. "The people love you. We support you, and we still support you, and we feel that you are innocent."
But Nifong had more to say. He was thankful of the supporters who surrounded him during the past two days.
"It means a whole lot to me, it really does," he said.
As to the few people who heckled Nifong as he walked to an awaiting tan Volvo:
"I don't have anything else to say," he said.