Previously, the state bar officially charged Nifong with making misleading and prejudicial statements about the three players accused in the case, a violation of ethics rules. After he was charged, Nifong requested that the state attorney general appoint a special prosecutor in the case.
The files and evidence of the case were turned over to the special prosecution unit of the state attorney general's office.
The new charges against Nifong are linked to DNA testing done on genetic material found on and inside the 28-year-old stripper who originally accused three players of raping her at a team party where she was hired to dance.
The tests showed DNA material from several men, but none from any of the Duke team members. Although Nifong had that information, he did not turn it over to the defense and he had the players indicted for rape after he had those test results.