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DURHAM, NC (AP) — Lawyers for the city of Durham will appeal a judge’s ruling allowing members of Duke University’s men’s lacrosse team to seek civil damages from the city.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported Wednesday the notice of appeal follows a March 31 ruling by U.S. District Judge James Beatty allowing Reid Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans to proceed with a lawsuit for malicious prosecution and other claims.

A similar notice was filed by lawyers representing some city employees involved in the 2006 investigation of allegations by Crystal Mangum leading to the indictment of the three Duke athletes on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual offense. She had been hired as a stripper.

Attorney General Roy Cooper later declared the players innocent and the lead prosecutor in the case was disbarred.

Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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2015 years 10 months ago

Just because the accused are white and male doesn’t make them guilty and the serial false accuser is black and female doesn’t make her innocent. I hope that the police, Duke University, and anyone else who were screaming for the heads of these young men are permanently crippled financially and shown for the bigots they all are. The cry for blood in this case should only die down when the history of gross wrong-doing by the officials in charge is forgotten. This case should be used to train in what NOT to do… ever! The lesson here is that if you are a white male, you are guilty of whatever a black female lies about and a black female can commit a felony by lying to police and this felony magically doesn’t get charged. I’m sure those who supported Mangum in her lies and false accusations are proud of her advancement in her criminal career to go on the murder. But then, who only murdered a male, so no problem.


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