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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Court of Appeals says a lab had the right to fire the man who provided the report on the DNA analysis in the Duke University lacrosse case.

The court said Tuesday the company owner was within his rights when he fired Brian Meehan in 2007.

Meehan owned DNA Security Inc., which he sold to American Media International in 2004 with the agreement that Meehan remain employed for seven years.

In 2006, Meehan wrote a report about the Duke lacrosse case that the judges said obscured the fact that there was no match between the specimens provided by the lacrosse players and a woman who accused them of raping her.

The players were later declared innocent by Attorney General Roy Cooper.

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