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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Durham/Duke Lacrosse Rape Hoax Conspiracy Lawsuit

"This case is a reckoning; it is an accounting of those who were willing to obstruct and pervert justice to serve their own selfish aims, those who had the power to intervene and did not, and the damage they have done" -- Archer, Wilson, McFadyen lawsuit
A legal lump of coal has been dropped in the Christmas stockings of Duke University, the City of Durham, Mike Nifong, the DNA Lab and all who conspired to railroad members of the Duke lacrosse team. This is a compelling and powerful lawsuit that reads like a sequel to the book Until Proven Innocent.

Breck Archer, Ryan McFadyen and Matt Wilson file lawsuit against Duke, Durham, Nifong and DNA LabTamara Gibbs / ABC11-TV:
Unindicted Duke LAX players sue Duke University -- In a filing Tuesday in Federal Court, unindicted Duke Lacrosse players are suing Duke University, the City of Durham, Duke University professors, Mike Nifong and the DNA lab involved in the case.

The suit also names doctors and nurses who treated the alleged victim the night she claimed she'd been raped at a party. The players are also suing City Manager Patrick Baker and former Durham Police Chief Stephen Chalmers. As part of the investigation, the unindicted players had to give up DNA samples and were named in the school paper.

In the 404-page lawsuit, the players say that Duke University, the City of Durham and the other defendants were part of a "conspiracy to railroad 47 Duke University students" based on "the transparently false claim of rape, sexual offense, and kidnapping made by a clinically unreliable accuser." Also in the lawsuit, the players say that the accuser's claim was "taken virtually from her lips and fashioned into a weapon in the hands of those who would leverage outrage." [...]
Anne Blythe / News & Observer:
Three more lacrosse players file suits -- Three players not charged in the infamous Duke lacrosse case filed a lawsuit against Duke University, top administrators, fallen prosecutor Mike Nifong, the city and a long list of others.

The suit, filed by Breck Archer, Ryan McFadyen and Matt Wilson, is the latest in a string stemming from the university's handling of an escort service dancer's unfounded allegations that she was gang-raped at a lacrosse team party in March 2006.

In the 400-page complaint, Robert Ekstrand, the Durham lawyer representing the players, lists 35 causes of action that range from negligent infliction of emotional distress to fraud.

The players have listed dozens -- from such high-ranking Duke officials as President Richard Brodhead down to a public spokeswoman for the Durham police department -- as defendants in the suit. [...]
Herald-Sun: More lacrosse players file lawsuit

Duke Chronicle:
Three unindicted laxers sue Duke, Nifong, Durham
LieStoppers blog:
Summary of the Action in the new Civil Lawsuit
New civil lawsuit filed in Duke Lacrosse Frame
LieStoppers forum: Unindicted players filed today
FreeRepublic: Unindicted Duke LAX players sue Duke University

Some of the more interesting revelations:
  1. SANE Nurse Levicy Produced Falsified Medical Records to Support Her Fabrications.
  2. The false accuser, Crystal Mangum, was coached and provided Durham PD photos in order to help in her false indentification of suspects.
  3. Mangum was motivated to lie in order to keep the Dept. of Social Services from taking her children into custody.
  4. The Duke Police Department had primary police jurisdiction over the Duke owned lacrosse house and they failed to investigate, do their required job, and protect their students.
TJN: Lacrosse timeline/archive