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.