Duke University and Three LAX Players, David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann, Announce Settlement


Who would have ever thought as things stood a year ago that DA Nifong would be disbarred and Duke University would be reaching a settlement with former lacrosse players David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann? What an amazing, bizarre and stunning turn of events from the initial accusations.


This has been an extraordinary year for Duke students David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann, who were accused of serious crimes they did not commit. In April, after a thorough review, the North Carolina Attorney General declared that they were innocent of all charges and that the charges never should have been brought. We welcomed their exoneration and deeply regret the difficult year they and their families have had to endure.  They conducted themselves with great dignity during their long ordeal.


Today, we are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Duke University to resolve any differences between us.

Years ago, each of us made a decision to attend Duke because it is one of the greatest universities in the nation. We chose to represent the University on the athletic field and in the classroom as student athletes. We were honored to be admitted and proud to wear the Duke uniform and to compete against the best lacrosse teams in the nation. Duke is a very special place. It balances top-notch academics and athletics, and it offers unparalleled opportunities to its students. We were drawn to Duke because of its sense of community. (More at Duke News)

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But how many other cases prosecuted by Nifong’s office have been tainted by prosecutorial misconduct that wasn’t uncovered? How many other innocents have suffered because of the actions of this rogue prosecutor?

What will be next? Mike Nifong be prepared to be sued.

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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “Duke University and Three LAX Players, David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann, Announce Settlement”

    1. Houston Meyerson on June 18th, 2007 10:19 pm

      Think that is amazing, bizarre, and stunning? You ain’t seen nothing yet

    2. minnesota dad on June 18th, 2007 10:23 pm

      As I have stated on many of the NH threads….one of the reasons I follow the NH case so closely is because of the brazen misconduct of people that are in positions to uphold and administer the law.

      My family suffered from judges and attorneys doing bad things knowing that the system would protect them.

      Unfortunately, Nifong wasn’t too smart. In order to get elected he pulled this stunt. He covered up and withheld evidence that would have exonerated the lads. You shouldn’t do this to anyone….but especially some very rich and well connected people. The tables turn quickly when you play “the game” against the wrong people.

      It is well known that absolute power corrupts. Judicial and legal systems around the world (including Aruba) are chock full of those who know they can make decisions to help someone out with no risk of going down for your actions.


    3. Glaswegian on June 18th, 2007 11:54 pm

      Why does everyone think these are “rich and well connected people?” If they were so well connected this entire thing wouldn’t have happened. I know that there is money in the families but I think everyone overestimates how important they are. Nifong was brought down by being so brazen and unbelievable. Guess what…if you took a survey at Duke I’m sure that you would find just because they are “white boys” attending a fancy college they weren’t all born with silver spoons. They were judged unfairly because they were young, white, presumed rich, frat boys, playing a “rich sport” — that’s profiling too.

      BTW…I’m a middle-aged middle class female with no children. My husband was a Naval officer who worked up through the ranks from an enlisted seaman to a Navy Commander. People who we meet assume that he grew up with money and went to the Naval Academy. I was born overseas and for years lived in one room with my sister, parents, and two aunts — all of us need to stop prejudging people and think before we condem what it is presumed they are.


    4. minnesota dad on June 19th, 2007 2:00 am

      Let me rephrase….

      Nifong not only went after these boys…but after the athletics department of one of America’s wealthier schools.

      There is a long list of alumnus from Duke that could hang Nifong….and they did. In law, it takes a while to unravel the misconduct of those who mischeviously control the strings. I am glad to see justice served on Nifong.

      Yes, the boys families were above middle class….but Duke has graduated a lot of attorneys in NC that were not happy with Nifong. In the end….Nifong went after the wrong folks.


    5. Richard on June 19th, 2007 5:42 am

      Duke doesn’t come out of this very well either. What about those faculty members who signed that infamous petition which in effect acknowledged that the three were guilty?

      I suppose some will see a parallel between the three in this case and the three suspects in another case offshore; however, I don’t. Still and all, I’m willing to keep an open mind in terms of the FINAL guilt there.

      Getting back here, I hope that Duke isn’t let off the string too easily.

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