Former Duke Players May Sue D.A.

They've been declared innocent.
Now, the three former Duke lacrosse players accused of rape
could very well sue the district attorney who went after them.
Some legal experts say they have a case.
Prosecutors typically have immunity for what they do inside the
courtroom. But experts say that protection probably doesn't cover
some of Mike Nifong's more questionable actions in his handling of
the case. This includes calling them "a bunch of hooligans" in
one of several interviews deemed unethical by the state bar.
John Banzhaf, a professor at the George Washington University
School of Law, says the players have a "reasonably good" chance
of suing Nifong.
Experts say separate ethics charges filed against Nifong by the
state bar could form the basis for a lawsuit seeking damages from
him.
Norm Early, a former Denver district attorney who has worked for
the National District Attorneys Association, says Nifong's actions
alone are not enough to win a lawsuit. Early says Nifong's intent
is crucial.


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