The three former Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape have filed a civil lawsuit against several defendants, including disgraced prosecutor Mike Nifong, the city of Durham and the police detectives who investigated the allegations.
The federal lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages, attorneys fees and numerous reforms to the way the Durham
Police Department handles criminal investigations. They include changes to a photo lineup procedure that helped secure indictments
against the three players and the appointment of a monitor to oversee certain police activities for 10 years.
The lawsuit calls the criminal case against Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans was "one of the most chilling episodes of premeditated police, prosecutorial and scientific misconduct in modern American history."
In April, more than a year after a woman hired to perform as a stripper at a lacrosse team party told police she was raped, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper declared the former players
innocent victims of a "tragic rush to accuse."
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