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Court won't hear ex-Duke lacrosse players rights' claim

Posted November 12, 2013

— The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from three former Duke University lacrosse players who were ordered to submit DNA samples as part of an investigation into an exotic dancer's claims that she was raped at a party in March 2006.

Ryan McFadyen, Matthew Wilson and Breck Archer wanted the court to say their constitutional rights were violated by Durham police when officers made them and 43 other members of the 2006 men's team give DNA samples and have their bodies examined in an attempt to find evidence to use against them.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that police can use a significantly lower standard than "probable cause" to justify a court order compelling a search and DNA swabs.

The high court will not review that decision.

Three of their teammates – David Evans, Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty – were eventually arrested on rape and other charges stemming from the allegations.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper ultimately dismissed the case and declared the players innocent after finding that there was no credible evidence to support the charges.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 15, 2013

    Could you imagine if these financially-secure & well-represented lacrosse players were subject to New York's "stop and frisk" law?...or anything else that even slightly impinged on their rights? That law would have been shutdown ages ago.

  • Justic4All Nov 12, 2013

    literally thousands of people have been falsely accused." - And how do they turn out in court? Accused is not being found guilty nor convicted in other states.

  • chivegas Nov 12, 2013

    "Actually it does. The FBI's statistic says that 8% of rape accusations turn out to be false. Considering there are about a quarter million rapes a year then literally thousands of people have been falsely accused."

    Exactly how many of those are headline news? Thanks for the FAIL.

  • Chatham Adam Nov 12, 2013

    Dnut, you act like Obama appointees in the 4th Circuit made the decision that the Supreme Court left intact. Wrong. Those three judges were appointed by Reagan (H. Wilkinson), Clinton (D. Motz) and Bush II (R. Gregory). If you are complaining about Obama's two appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court, here's some news for you: 2

  • Dnut Nov 12, 2013

    Crystal Mangum was invited to the house, right? She didn't just show up for a party. It's time to move on.
    November 12, 2013 2:26 p.m.
    >>>No, actually, she was hired.

  • Dnut Nov 12, 2013

    They were accused, they were investigated and the charges dropped. They deserve nothing else at this point.dwntwnboy2
    November 12, 2013 12:26 p.m.>>>Why not? Daily in this country, minorities, and women accuse people falsely in the work place through the EEO process, for just being offended that day, and get paid to go away, 2, 4, 50,000, 250,000, These boys lives were ruined and a living heck. They stated through there lawyer, that they did not do anything, and as another commentator said, DID NOT plead the fifth, on every charge. Oh, I get it, they went to Duke, there white, so they don't deserve the same justice. Right now as we speak, the LGBT, have established a strong foothold in the central gov't as a protected status, and it all starts through the EEO process, making one rule after antoher, just to get your way. Unless your white of course. If we just each respected each other, wouldn't have these problems!

  • Dnut Nov 12, 2013

    "O'bum," - dnut
    Leave it to you to somehow blame Obama for this. ROFL!
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    November 12, 2013 1:13 p.m.
    >>>Yea, silly me, I thought that federal judges ran for office, (rolling eyes), oops, wait a minute, that's right, there appointed by Presidents, and whom is in office right now and appointed I believe two in that circuit?.....come one you can say, we all know, you've got it in you G.P., come, BAMM! You win the 64 million dollar question, YOUR President O'bama!!

  • wildpig777 Nov 12, 2013

    why hasn't the chancellor been given a CHANCE TO EXPLAIN HIS DISPICABLE judgemental and perhaps even criminal role in all of this?

    why hasn't the chancellor --dick broadhead been terminated by the board? why hasn't the 88 professors that called for immediate dismissal and other penalties been punished?

  • cseanwatts Nov 12, 2013

    "...in other news, Mike Nifong's previously close friend, Roy Cooper announces he will 'keep all options open' when planing his appointments following is inauguration."

  • GravyPig Nov 12, 2013

    "These are NOT the three men who were charged. THEY got the settlement. The men in this case were Lacrosse players who were asked to provide DNA evidence to try to find who was involved."

    I stand corrected on that then. Have these guys been accused and in the media as suspects? Or did the just give a sample?