Mike Nifong, the former District Attorney and lead prosecutor of the failed Duke University Lacrosse rape case, has begun to feel the financial consequences of withholding pertinent forensic DNA evidence from the judge and defense counsel involved in the case.
Mr. Nifong filed for bankruptcy on January 15, citing more than $180 million in liabilities with only $243,000 in assets. The majority of the listed liability comes from civil law suites filed against Nifong from 6 Duke Lacrosse players. The 6 players filed suit against Nifong for potential damages and for causing emotional distress that was a direct result of false accusations surrounding a very controversial sexual assault case.
Three of the 6 players named in the civil suit were charged by Nifong for allegedly raping an exotic dancer who was hired to perform at a lacrosse team party in March 2006. After a forensic report stated that no DNA from any of the defendants was found on the woman, but that there was DNA from other unidentified males, Nifong concealed those results from the defense counsel for several months.
After a year of trial, all 3 accused players were exonerated and deemed innocent of all allegations. Mike Nifong, however, was disbarred, spent a night in jail, and now has filed for bankruptcy.