Nifong to keep bankruptcy protection

March 11, 2008 4:26:55 PM PDT
Former Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong will hold onto his bankruptcy protection, according to court records filed in federal court Tuesday.

Until his bankruptcy case is complete, the embattled former prosecutor will likely get to avoid the pending lawsuits against him stemming from the Duke Lacrosse case.

Initially, the bankruptcy court administrator, Michael D. West, believed Nifong earned too much money to qualify for bankruptcy protection. But, in recent weeks, Nifong has submitted additional financial records, encouraging the court to change its mind.

Tuesday West said in a written statement that he "does not consider a motion for dismissal in this Chapter 7 to be appropriate."

Nifong is named in two lawsuits related to his handling of the Duke Lacrosse case. A third lawsuit recently filed by dozens of former lacrosse players did not name Nifong because of his bankruptcy status.