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Lax Players Sue Duke Over Rape Case

City, school blamed for stressing 38 uncharged teammates

(Newser) - Thirty-eight former Duke lacrosse players are firing back at the North Carolina school and the city of Durham, suing for emotional distress resulting from the later-dropped rape case against three teammates, the AP reports. Players say the school ignored or suppressed evidence in their favor and let them face consequences... More »

Duke Lacrosse Players Slap Ex-DA, City With Suit

Conspiracy alleged to prolong rape case

(Newser) - Three former Duke lacrosse players cleared of rape charges after the prosecution's case imploded are suing disgraced former DA Mike Nifong and employees of Durham, NC, in federal court. The three seek unspecified damages, remuneration for legal fees and reforms to Durham's investigative procedures, the AP reports. A spokeswoman said... More »

Nifong Begins 1-Day Jail Sentence

DA in Duke lacrosse rape case reports to Durham lockup

(Newser) - Surrounded by a small crowd of supporters, ex-DA Mike Nifong entered the Durham County jail at 9 this morning to begin his 24-hour sentence. Nifong was found guilty last week of willfully deceiving the court. He declined to comment to reporters, the News & Observer reports, only locking hands with... More »

Duke Prosecutor Will Do One Day Behind Bars

Nifong sentenced to 24 hours for lying about evidence

(Newser) - Mike Nifong, the disgraced district attorney in the Duke rape case, will spend a night in jail for contempt of court, a Durham, NC, judge ruled yesterday. The judge concluded that Nifong, who has already been disbarred, "willfully" withheld DNA evidence that exonerated three lacrosse players accused of raping... More »

Nifong Pleads Not Guilty to Contempt

Lawyer says ex-DA's statements weren't 'willful, purposeful lies'

(Newser) - In the same Durham courtroom where he once prosecuted accused criminals, Mike Nifong pleaded not guilty today to contempt charges stemming from his handling of the Duke rape case. Nifong’s judge accused the disgraced DA of lying to him last September about a DNA report that could have benefited... More »

Duke Settles With Lacrosse Players

University hopes to 'eliminate possibility' of future lawsuits

(Newser) - Duke University has reached a settlement with the three lacrosse players falsely accused of rape last year. Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and Dave Evans, who were suspended last year, will receive an undisclosed amount from the university, which admitted with surprising directness that the deal is intended to close the... More »

Nifong Disbarred

(Newser) - North Carolina's Disciplinary Hearing Commission found that Durham County prosecutor Mike Nifong intentionally and repeatedly lied in prosecuting three Duke University lacrosse players for rape.  Nifong gave up his law license minutes later.  Nifong now likley faces civil law suits by the men he wrongly prosecuted.  More »

Duke Prosecutor to Resign

Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong breaks down at his own ethics trial

(Newser) - Mike Nifong broke down in tears on the stand at his ethics trial yesterday as he announced his intention to resign as Durham DA. Admitting that he got "carried away" in the case against the three "innocent" Duke University lacrosse players he prosecuted for rape, Nifong apologized to... More »

Defense Lawyer: Duke Prosecutor Hid Crucial DNA

Explosive testimony rocks prosecutor's misconduct trial

(Newser) - Mike Nifong withheld key DNA evidence from defense attorneys, a lawyer for one of the accused Duke lacrosse players testified yesterday in the disgraced DA's misconduct hearing. Bradley Bannon told the State Bar panel he was "bewildered" to find lab results favorable to his clients after Nifong had repeatedly... More »

Duke DA Faces Ethics Charges

Nifong withheld evidence that could have exonerated three lacrosse players

(Newser) - North Carolina DA Mike Nifong, who spearheaded the rape and kidnapping case against three Duke lacrosse players, now faces his own set of charges for withholding evidence, making inappropriate public comments about the case, and lying to a judge and state bar investigators. His trial in front of a disciplinary... More »

Duke Players Cleared

NC attorney general characterizes prosecutor as excessive zealous

(Newser) - Three Duke lacrosse players charged with raping and kidnapping a stripper 13 months ago were finally exonerated today when all the remaining charges against  them were dropped. Roy Cooper, North Carolina's attorney general, accused Mike Nifong, the district attorney who brought the charges—and then withheld DNA evidence of the... More »

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