Lawsuit against Nifong can proceed, judge rules
Three former Duke University lacrosse players can proceed with their civil rights lawsuit against former District Attorney Mike Nifong, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday.Posted — Updated
In January, U.S. District Judge James Beaty took Nifong out of the players' case until the bankruptcy case was decided, though he left open the possibility that Nifong could again become a defendant in the civil suit.
Tuesday's decision by Bankruptcy Judge William L. Stocks turned the tables, putting the entire bankruptcy case on hold and tossing the players' claims against Nifong back to the district court to decide.
In February, a federal court administrator recommended the disbarred prosecutor not be granted bankruptcy protection, saying he makes too much money. Tuesday's decision did not address that point.
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