Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Brother, can you spare a dime?

Mike Nifong is going to need an awful lot of dimes. The Smoking Gun has a facsimile of Nifong's claim in bankruptcy court. "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."

Nifong's situation is so bad he's actually been excluded from inclusion in a poll for the "Worst Prosecutor of the Year". Scared Monkeys chronicles his fall. "First he lost his credibility, then he lost his job, then he was sued, then he was disbarred, then he was sentenced to jail and now he has filed bankruptcy." Take heart, all you readers out there with money problems, personal problems or plain noisy neighbors. It could be worse.

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Blogger Zenster said...

My heart pumps piss.

1/15/2008 07:25:00 PM  
Blogger Alexander said...

Take heart, all you readers out there with money problems, personal problems or plain noisy neighbors. It could be worse.

Yes, things could be worse for many people stuck in hard times, but for the great majority of those unfortunate souls, they are there through bad luck, trying circumstances or other misfortune not of their doing. Whereas Nifong is where he is through maliciously abusing one's power, lying and manipulating for personal benefit, and trying to grieviously harm innocents. Big difference. When framed that way, one can't help but think that Nifong has still to get what he really deserves.

1/15/2008 07:47:00 PM  
Blogger buck smith said...

could not happen to a nicer guy

1/15/2008 08:30:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

"So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don't you know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day. Well, I just don't understand it."

(end of movie "Fargo"; Sheriff Marge Gunderson to captured killer as she was hauling him to jail.)

1/15/2008 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger Panama Ed said...

Shows to go ya
If you're a high powered DA and goin' to railroad innocent folk, best be sure they're poor and black, not white and rich.

Man's got to know his limitations

1/15/2008 08:38:00 PM  
Blogger Pat Patterson said...

No, the worse part will come after Duke and the State of North Carolina finish paying out all those claims. someday Mr. Nifong will die and the citizens of that state will take turns digging him up to try to knock some sense into his skull.

1/15/2008 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger Wretchard said...

"Well, I just don't understand it."

People spend a lot of time trying to "make sense of things". In my experience dealing with low-life, sometimes the things they do never make any sense at all. In fact, one of the more interesting things about dealing with dirt is that it sometimes jumps for no reason, and just gets the urge to stick a knife in you at random. Trying to make sense of Nifong assumes there's a personality like us at home in him. That's not always a valid assumption.

1/15/2008 10:38:00 PM  
Blogger Mətušélaḥ said...

"Well, I just don't understand it."

For long you live and high you fly
But only if you ride the tide
And balanced on the biggest wave
You race towards an early grave.

1/15/2008 10:56:00 PM  
Blogger John Lynch said...

They should just change the name of the poll to 'The Nifong Award.'

1/15/2008 11:16:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Interesting -- and apt -- how "nifong" is becoming a verb expressing the act of legitimate authority illegitimately screwing one or more citizens. As in "Many people are getting nifonged by KELO".

1/16/2008 06:03:00 AM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

Waiting for the shoe(s) to drop regarding Duke's adminitration, the faculty lynch party of 88, and the aiding and abetting police department, too.

Nifong was the instigator and the chief malfactor, but others were almost equally as culpable.

(If ex-District Attorney Nifong thinks it's bad now, wait until he actually gets behind bars. I wonder what jail/facility will have the privilege of hosting him. He should come to Hollywood where he'd be in and out in 18 minutes.)

1/16/2008 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger always right said...

Great, now the taxpayers will have to support him too? How much is his unemployment check?

Even though it's not the same case, I hear OJ is "broke" too. Drawing certain amount of money every month to support his "golf in Hawaii" lifestyle and raising his two kids.

1/16/2008 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

"Well, I just don't understand it."

"Aggression is deeply enjoyable"

1/16/2008 12:34:00 PM  

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