Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Nifong Liabilities

As noted in this report, Mike Nifong, the disgraced prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse case, has filed for bankruptcy.

Although there has been no settlement of the case, he lists the three lacrosse players as unsecured creditors (claiming he owes them $30 million each). According the report (subject to Marie's opinion), unless the bankruptcy judge finds that Nifong's actions amounted to wrongdoing, the debt goes away.

Based on the reports that I have seen about the entire episode, I would certainly find wrongdoing on Nifong's part. In fact, although I have no legal expertise in the area, I would be pretty surprised if the three could get any judgment against Nifong unless they can prove wrongdoing since there is usually liability protection for government employees.

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