Nifong Removed From Federal Lawsuit

A federal judge has removed former Durham County prosecutor Mike Nifong from a civil lawsuit filed by three Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape.

Disgraced district attorney Mike Nifong filed for bankruptcy two weeks ago, citing more than $180 million in liabilities. Almost all of that amount is the estimated damages from pending civil litigation.

U.S. District Court Judge James Beaty left open the possibility that Nifong could again become a defendant in the civil suit, saying in Monday's filing that could happen within 90 days of the end of his bankruptcy case.

Nifong led the case against the three players, who state prosecutors later declared innocent. Attorneys for Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans later filed the lawsuit against Nifong and several others.


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