The three players falsely accused in the Duke University lacrosse rape case are seeking a settlement of about $30 million and several changes to the state’s legal process, reports the Associated Press. If the terms aren’t met, the players plan a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Durham. Elected officials were briefed yesterday on the settlement discussions.
In addition to the money, the players are seeking the creation of ombudsman positions to review complaints of misconduct about North Carolina district attorneys. The Durham County district attorney who brought the charges, Mike Nifong, was to be jailed today to serve a 24-hour sentence after being found in contempt last week for lying to the court.