Three current and former Duke lacrosse players not indicted in the discredited rape case have filed a lawsuit against the university and others for inflicting emotional distress.
Ryan McFadyen, Matthew Wilson and Breck Archer accuse defendants
of negligence, fraud and conspiracy for pursuing the case despite evidence the allegations were false.
The lawsuit accuses former Durham district attorney Mike Nifong of pursuing the criminal charges for political gain amid a closely contested Democratic primary for district attorney.
But the lawsuit also spreads blame from Duke University President Richard Brodhead to police investigators and the nurses who examined the woman who said she was raped.
University officials say that while the school "made some mistakes when the allegations first surfaced," the lawsuit should be targeted at others.
The players want a jury trial and unspecified compensation and other damages.