This morning the News & Observer reported:
District Attorney Mike Nifong handed over three packets of evidence to defense lawyers in the Duke lacrosse rape case this morning.Nifong first asked for the outside DNA testing at DNA Security of Burlington, NC., which cost nearly $23,000. USA Today:
During a pretrial hearing in Durham County Superior Court, Nifong also harangued the lawyers for seeking more information about DNA testing of the three lacrosse players charged with raping a dancer in March....
Nifong said that the State Bureau of Investigation could produce much of the information the attorneys want and that a private lab used in the testing could, too, but that it could cost the state $4,035.
The DNA tests that failed to conclusively link Duke lacrosse players to a woman who alleges she was raped at a team party cost taxpayers nearly $23,000, according to court papers.Nifong is now trying to pinch pennies regarding the DNA testing? He is the one who ordered the second round of testing at the private lab. He dropped this mess on the floor and now he won't pay to clean it up.
DNA Security of Burlington analyzed 23 "evidence specimens" at $450 apiece and 50 "reference specimens" that cost $250 each, according to papers filed in Durham County Superior Court.
The company's analyses last month found no evidence that the three players charged with rape — or any of the other team members — had sex with the accuser, defense attorneys have said.
Evidence handed over in Duke lacrosse case [NewsObserver.com, Sept. 22, 2006]
DNA tests for Duke lacrosse case cost taxpayers nearly $23,000 [USAToday.com, June 7, 2006]