Durham, NC -- A federal judge has removed former Durham County prosecutor Mike Nifong from a civil lawsuit filed by the three former Duke University lacrosse players he falsely accused of rape.
The disgraced district attorney 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 lawsuits.
US District Court Judge James Beaty left open the possibility that Nifong could again become a defendant in the civil suit. He said 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.