Nifong faces first bankruptcy hearing

February 8, 2008 

— People with potential financial claims against former District Attorney Mike Nifong will have an opportunity to ask him questions this morning during the first hearing in his bankruptcy case.

Nifong, who was stripped of his law license for his misconduct in the Duke lacrosse case, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court on Jan. 15.

The filing put all civil actions against the disbarred lawyer on hold on the day Nifong was supposed to respond to a civil lawsuit brought by Dave Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann.

In their civil suit, the exonerated lacrosse players allege a conspiracy by Nifong, the city of Durham, the DNA laboratory hired by Nifong and others to bring gang-rape allegations that were "a total fabrication."

Bankruptcy rules would not protect Nifong from financial claims if a judge finds that he willfully and maliciously injured the players in his prosecution of the lacrosse case. The hearing is at 9 a.m. in the Durham Centre, 300 W. Morgan St.

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