Tuesday, January 15, 2008

How the mighty hath fallen

The Smoking Gun has reported that Mike Nifong has filed bankruptcy papers in Federal Court.

Life has not been kind to Mike Nifong recently. How did he not think that any of the shenanigans on the Duke Lacrosse case would not be discovered? It was a fatal rush to judgment by a prosecutor eager to win an election by scoring points with minority voters.

It failed miserably and he is paying a very steep price. Perhaps hopefully, all other prosecutors out there, including me, will heed this object lesson. It's not about win at any and all costs it's about justice.

Mike Nifong Bankrupt
Disgraced Duke prosecutor lists $180M in liabilities

JANUARY 15--Disgraced and disbarred, Mike Nifong is now bankrupt.

The former North Carolina prosecutor, whose career imploded with his botched handling of the Duke University rape case, today filed for bankruptcy, listing liabilities in excess of $180 million.

A summary schedule from Nifong's Chapter 7 petition can be found below. Almost all of that sum represents legal claims filed against the former Durham County district attorney by members of Duke's 2006 lacrosse team, including the three players who were accused of raping a stripper at a team party.

Included among Nifong's assets are a 2003 Honda Accord, about $9000 in personal property, and his $235,000 home. He lists nearly $5000 monthly in pension or retirement income and describes himself, charitably, as retired.