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Nifong wants to auction guitars

Posted September 3, 2008

— Former Duke lacrosse prosecutor Mike Nifong wants permission to auction three of his collector guitars.

Court documents, filed Wednesday, list him as wanting to sell a Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster, a Martin D-41 and a PRS Custom 24.

According to bankruptcy proceedings in February, two of the instruments are worth about $5,000.

If the motion to auction the guitars is approved, the auction will take place Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. at 361 Ja-Max Road in Hillsborough.

Nifong filed for bankruptcy in January, listing a debt of $180.3 million. Almost all of that is estimated damages from pending civil litigation that stems from the 2006 case in which, as Durham district attorney, he had three Duke University lacrosse players indicted on false accusations of rape.

Nifong listed David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann, as well as three other members of Duke University's 2006 men's lacrosse team who filed a separate federal lawsuit, as unsecured creditors. His filing estimated each is owed $30 million.

More than 30 other lacrosse players from that team were listed as creditors at $1 each.

Nifong's bankruptcy filing meant he was temporarily protected from litigation, but a judge ruled earlier this year that the former Duke players could proceed with their cases against him.

Special prosecutors from the North Carolina Attorney General's Office cleared Evans, Finnerty and Seligmann of all wrongdoing in April 2007.

Attorney General Roy Cooper declared them innocent victims of Nifong's "tragic rush to accuse."

Nifong was later disbarred for his handling of the case and spent a night in jail for lying to a judge.


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  • Andiecat Sep 5, 2008

    Don't fret, Mikey. No point in getting strung out over this!

  • CrewMax Sep 4, 2008

    He'd be well-advised to sell his stuff on E-bay and try to generate some media attention.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Sep 4, 2008

    I think each of the Duke LAX players wrongly charged by him should be able to El Kabong him with the guitars.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Sep 4, 2008

    Correction: Sale his guitars. :)

  • Dr. Dataclerk Sep 4, 2008

    I think he should be allowed to see his guitars. He needs the money.

  • ncweddingdj.com Sep 4, 2008

    I had always heard that the harmonica was the instrument of choice for jail birds. Easy to learn and still work in the shower....

  • Tax Man Sep 4, 2008

    So he gets to auction off the guitars, but the proceeds still are available for the creditors - why all the fuss - just have the trustee auction them off and add the proceeds to the pot to give to all of his victims once the lawsuits are settled. Don't let him get any of that money.

  • TheAdmiral Sep 4, 2008

    I will be happy to auction it for him for publicity!

  • GroupOfPricklyPears Sep 4, 2008

    Must have been a really, really slow news day for this story to make the wire. UGH. Go away.

  • Sep 4, 2008

    Here ya go Mike. --:

    It's the world's smallest violin and it's playing your song.