Durham Blames Nifong In Response To Duke Lacrosse Civil Suit

The city of Durham says it's not to blame for an investigation that resulted in three former Duke lacrosse players being wrongly accused of rape.

The city says it should be dropped from a lawsuit filed by the three former players. The city says the players are overreaching in an effort to make taxpayers pay for a prosecutor's mistakes.

The city's response to the former players' federal lawsuit says it had no responsibility for former district attorney Mike Nifong's actions, or for the DNA laboratory that conducted key testing in the case.

An attorney for one of the players, Reade Seligmann, says the city's claim of immunity from the lawsuit is an attempt to avoid responsibility. Attorney Richard Emery says Durham placed Nifong in charge of the investigation.