Raleigh, NC -- A judge is allowing three former Duke lacrosse players to pursue a civil lawsuit against former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong.
Judge William L. Stocks on Tuesday lifted a stay that had protected Nifong as he moved through bankruptcy proceedings. Stocks said in a ruling Tuesday that his court didn't have jurisdiction to hear the claims involved in the case.
Nifong pursued false rape charges against Dave Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann until state prosecutors declared the players innocent last year.
Nifong filed for bankruptcy in January, claiming more than $180 million in liabilities, mostly from the threat of pending lawsuits.
The players also included the city of Durham, police investigators and others in their lawsuit filed in October.