Nine months after a woman leveled rape accusations against three Lacrosse players, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong dropped the charges. In April 2007, more than a year after the woman made the claim, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper declared the former players innocent victims of a "tragic rush to accuse."
Collin Finnerty, Reade Seligman and Dave Evans, the accused players, are now responding with a federal lawsuit filed yesterday against Nifong, the City of Durham and the police detectives who handled the investigation. The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages, attorneys’ fees and drastic changes to the way that the Durham Police Department handles criminal investigations.
The lawsuit calls the criminal case against the lacrosse players"one of the most chilling episodes of premeditated police, prosecutorial and scientific misconduct in modern American history."