The Easley press release announcing Nifong's appointment in 2005 was entitled, "GOV. EASLEY APPOINTS NIFONG AS INTERIM D.A," and opened with the following sentence: "Gov. Mike Easley today appointed Michael B. Nifong as Interim District Attorney for the 14th Prosecutorial District (
Compare that approach to Easley press releases following the appointment of D.A. Scott Thomas (Craven County) and Doug Henderson (Guilford County). No mention of "interim" in either the title or the body of the press release.