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North Carolina Attorney General Dismisses Criminal
Charges Against 3 Duke Lacrosse Players

North Carolina v. Finnerty, Evans, and Seligmann
   April 1, 2007

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  • Finnerty's Defense Lawyer
  • Evans' Defense Lawyers
  • Seligmann's Defense Lawyer
  • N.C. Attorney General
  • D.A. Michael Nifong
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers

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  • North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dismissed criminal charges against Duke University lacrosse team players Colin Finnerty, David Evans and Reade Seligmann. Cooper concluded that "these cases were the tragic result of a rush to accuse and a failure to verify serious allegations." Due to "significant inconsistencies between the evidence and the various accounts given by the accusing witness," the prosecutor said his office "believe[s] these three individuals are innocent" of sexual assault charges that were originally filed against them by Durham County, N.C. District Attorney Michael Nifong.

    As a result of his conduct in the original investigation and cases filed against the three students, Nifong faces ethics charges filed by the North Carolina State Bar.


     
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