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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Duke Case: Latest news

updated: June 30, 2006

The Herald-Sun reports - Judge lowers bonds for Finnerty, Evans:

...Acting at the request of defense lawyers, Superior Court Judge Ron Stephens lowered the amounts Thursday for suspects Collin Finnerty and David Evans. He had reduced bail earlier for a third defendant, Reade Seligmann...

in asking that bonds for the three be cut, defense attorneys did not reiterate earlier assertions that the accuser was unbelievable and had told as many as a dozen different stories about the alleged rape. Rather, they simply promised the young men could be counted upon to appear in court when scheduled.
The News & Observer - Bond reduced for Collin Finnerty:
Superior Court Judge Ronald Stephens cut the bond for Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y. to $100,000 from $400,000, the second player charged in the case to have his bond reduced.

Greta Van Sustren of Fox News - Is Durham DA Mike Nifong Politically Motivated?
Is DA Mike Nifong holding on to the Duke lacrosse case to help him hold on to voters and is his plan backfiring?

abc11tv.com - Nifong Opponent Has Shot at Ballot:
One of the men who might run against Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong appears to have enough support to be on the ballot.

Commissioner Lewis Cheek says he beat a Friday deadline to come up with 6,333 signatures to get his name on the ballot.

A representative for a campaign committee set up on Cheek's behalf says they have counted more than 7,200 signatures from registered voters after a huge mail campaign.

American Psycho fan, Ryan McFadyen, is back on the Duke lacrosse team. Ryan McFadyen is the sophomore Duke lacrosse player who sent a vulgar email the morning of Duke lacrosse party saying he was going to kill and skin strippers. AP reports:
A Duke University men's lacrosse player suspended for sending an inflammatory e-mail about killing strippers hours after a team party that led to rape charges has been reinstated and can return to the lacrosse team in the fall...

According to Moneta, McFadyen told Bryan the e-mail used language from the book "American Psycho," a novel by Bret Easton Ellis - later made into a movie - about a serial killer.

"He acknowledged the joke, especially given the context of the time, was not funny," Moneta wrote. "He accepted full responsibility for a significant error in judgment and acknowledged its inappropriateness with no qualifications."
AP NewsBreak: Duke player who sent inflammatory e-mail reinstated [charlotte.com, June 29, 2006]
Ryan McFadyen email [TheSmokingGun.com]

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