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Old 04-15-2007, 09:08 PM   #196
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The NCAA on Wednesday granted Duke's request for an extra year of eligibility for its men's lacrosse players following a rape scandal that led to the cancellation of much of last season.

Duke played just eight games in 2006 before the university canceled what was left of the season as police investigated allegations a woman was sexually assaulted at a team party.

Three players were later indicted, but the accusations were eventually debunked by North Carolina's top prosecutor, who called the trio "innocent" victims of a "tragic rush to accuse."

The waiver affects all players who were not seniors during the '06 season, and it grants them a fifth year of eligibility regardless of whether they play at Duke or another school.

The announcement comes just two days after the Blue Devils (17-3) lost to Johns Hopkins 12-11 in the NCAA championship game.
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- District Attorney Mike Nifong was disbarred Saturday for his "selfish" rape prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players -- a politically motivated act, his judges said, that he inexplicably allowed to fester for months after it was clear the defendants were innocent.

"This matter has been a fiasco. There's no doubt about it," said F. Lane Williamson, the chairman of the three-member disciplinary committee that stripped the veteran prosecutor of his state law license.

Even Nifong and his attorneys supported the decision, though the veteran prosecutor refused to admit to the end that no crime occurred at a March 2006 lacrosse team party.

The committee said Nifong manipulated the investigation to boost his chances of winning his first election for Durham County district attorney. In doing so, he committed "a clear case of intentional prosecutorial misconduct" that involved "dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation."

Williamson specifically cited Nifong's comments in the early days of the case, which included a confident proclamation at a candidate forum that he wouldn't allow Durham to become known for "a bunch of lacrosse players from Duke raping a black girl." He also called the lacrosse team "a bunch of hooligans" at one point.

Appointed district attorney in 2005, Nifong was in a tight race for the office when an exotic dancer told police she was raped at the party.

"At the time he was facing a primary, and yes, he was politically naive," Williamson said. "But we can draw no other conclusion that those initial statements he made were to further his political ambitions."

During the ethics trial, Nifong acknowledged he knew there was no DNA evidence connecting Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty to the 28-year-old accuser when he indicted them on charges of rape, sexual offense and kidnapping. Nifong later charged Dave Evans with the same crimes. But months later, state prosecutors concluded the three players were "innocent" -- a fact Williamson hammered home on Saturday.

"We acknowledge the actual innocence of the defendants, and there's nothing here that has done anything but support that assertion," Williamson said.
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They opted not to pursue a civil suit against him then?
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attorneys for Seligmann and the other two exonerated men, Collin Finnerty, 20, and David Evans, 24, are preparing to file a civil lawsuit against Nifong. The bar association found that Nifong withheld evidence that would have helped the men’s defense attorneys and lied about it.
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What a shock. Can book deals & the talk show circuit be far behind?

Also I heard something about a financial settlement between the 3 men & Duke. It was on the ESPN ticker so no details other than that. I assume because Duke adopted the same "guilty until proven innocent" mentality that Nifong did. How Duke handled this was pretty shameful, not only re: the players but also their coach.
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