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It also charges Mr. James, 71, with using the city-issued credit cards on himself and eight women during trips to destinations including Rio de Janeiro, Puerto Rico and Martha’s Vineyard, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie and state Attorney General Anne Milgram announced.

NORTH CAROLINA

Nifong issued disbarment order

RALEIGH — The North Carolina State Bar yesterday issued a formal order disbarring former District Attorney Mike Nifong for his handling of the now-discredited Duke lacrosse rape case.

Mr. Nifong must surrender his law license to the bar no later than 30 days from when he is served with the order. He also must pay costs associated with his June ethics trial.

A disciplinary hearing committee disbarred Mr. Nifong after finding he had committed at least two dozen violations of the state’s rules of professional conduct.

TEXAS

Agent sentenced in alien bribery

EL PASO — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent convicted of taking a $20,000 bribe was sentenced yesterday to more than three years in prison.

Santiago Efrain Valle, 44, was convicted in April of one count each of bribery and extortion under the color of law.

Valle denied that he offered to have an immigration charge dropped and the risk classification changed for a Mexican national jailed at the ICE detention center in El Paso in exchange for the bribe. From wire dispatches and staff reports