RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Department of Justice will not investigate former Duke lacrosse prosecutor Mike Nifong for his handling of the case, a spokesman for the federal agency said Wednesday.

The department decided the case was better resolved inside the state, spokesman Peter Carr said in a prepared statement.

"We believe the state of North Carolina has the primary interests in this matter: protecting the integrity of its judicial proceedings, holding Mr. Nifong accountable for his actions as an officer of its courts and vindicating the principles of justice under state law," Carr said.