ABC: N.C. To Drop All Duke Lacrosse Charges


ABC News, quoted by the Charlotte Observer, says that all charges against three members of Duke University’s lacrosse team will be dropped today. The North Carolina Attorney General has been reviewing widely-publicized accusations involving an alleged sexual assault of a woman at a team party more than a year ago. “I think it’s likely that they will do that,” Wade Smith, an attorney for charged player Collin Finnerty, told the Associated Press.

The attorney general took over the case in January after Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong was charged with several ethics violations tied to his handling of the case. The three team members were charged last year after a woman told police she was assaulted at a March 2006 team party, where she was hired to perform as a stripper. Nifong dropped the rape charges in December, after the woman changed a key detail in her story.


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