Saturday, February 23, 2008


It's just not a very good week for the University of New Jersey at Durham...

BALTIMORE SUN: For years, they had met over sandwiches and Bloody Marys at tailgate parties before their sons' games.

But yesterday, parents of the 2006 Duke lacrosse team gathered for a more somber purpose: to announce a federal court suit against the university and others for "tremendous suffering" endured after three players were falsely accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a party.

The suit, brought by 38 members of the 2006 team and nine family members, accuses Duke of abandoning the players and ignoring evidence that, according to the families, showed that the rape allegations were manufactured.

Duke, the suit says, "lent credibility to the rape allegations by capitulating to an angry mob's demands to condemn and punish the innocent players and their blameless coach."

The plaintiffs don't include the three players - David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann - who had faced sexual assault charges. They reached financial settlements with Duke last year. Finnerty has transferred to Loyola, and Seligmann transferred to Brown. Evans, who played at Bethesda's Landon School, has graduated.


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