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Nifong appeals bankruptcy ruling

Posted June 5, 2008 4:45 p.m. EDT

— Mike Nifong is appealing an order issued last week by a bankruptcy judge who ruled a civil rights lawsuit by three former Duke University lacrosse players can proceed.

Nifong filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, which temporarily protected him from the lawsuit, which claimed he, the city of Durham and others conspired to keep a weak case alive as he faced an election.

David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann were cleared in April 2007 of all charges stemming from an exotic dancer's claims she was raped.

Nifong listed a debt of more than $180 million – possible losses to the players – and personal belongings worth $243,898.