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.


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  • by Keith Location: Greenville on Jan 18, 2008 at 12:52 AM
    I don't think Nifong should be sued either. He went with what he had. It was found that there was not enough evidence to pursue the case. I think Nifong has paid the price by losing his law license in NC.
  • by Cactus Location: NC on Jan 17, 2008 at 04:52 PM
    Nifong pays the price, the accuser goes free. Why?
  • by James Location: Winston Salem, NC on Jan 17, 2008 at 10:57 AM
    I have one question why is it that the Duke Lacrosse guys have the right for a law suit against anyone. The young from Jena Lousianna did not or could not sue and they spent time in jail for something they didn't do. Is the Duke Lacrosse Civil Suit making a statement that no one better go up against a group of wealthy white guys over some African American?
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