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Duke settles lawsuit by lacrosse players

Posted February 28, 2013

— Duke University has settled a lawsuit by 38 members of its 2005-06 men's lacrosse team.

Attorneys for the school and players notified a federal judge Wednesday that the lawsuit was settled out of court last week, according to court documents. Terms of the settlement weren't disclosed.

The settlement also includes Duke President Richard Brodhead, other school officials and the Duke University Health System.

The players sued amid the controversy that followed allegations by a stripper that she was raped at a team party in 2006. Attorney General Roy Cooper later declared the allegations were false.

Duke previously reached a settlement with three players who were indicted and then cleared on rape charges.

Those three players and other team members have sued Durham over the way the police department handled the case. Those cases are pending.

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  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Feb 28, 7:04 p.m.

    JEFFNNC
    I SO AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENTS!!
    The Duke LaCrosse players like the other 10,000,000 college students are going to party!
    Go Duke!!

  • protestthis Feb 28, 7:02 p.m.

    no doggypoos.. it means district attorneys will need to be a little bit more careful and NOT put the cart before the horse so to speak...

    They reap what they sew... Although I think the settlement may never be known... I bet it wasn't enough.

  • jeffnnc Feb 28, 6:53 p.m.

    "Kinda nice you can act up, throw a party, drink underage, and then sue everyone for your inappropriate actions." doggypoos

    Except that's not what this lawsuit was about at all. It's about how Duke treated the team as if they were guilty of a crime they didn't commit before the evidence showed they were innocent. Sure they partied and drank. There aren't many college students who don't. They didn't deserve to be treated the way they were and obviously Duke agree's at least to some degree, otherwise they would not have settled.

  • doggypoos Feb 28, 6:30 p.m.

    Kinda nice you can act up, throw a party, drink underage, and then sue everyone for your inappropriate actions.

  • alx Feb 28, 6:13 p.m.

    does that mean the faculty who signed the full page ad before the facts came out will apologize? naaa probably not.. i bet Jackson & sharpton won't say anything either... when is the last time a liberal retracted something after the truth was found out???

  • more cowbell Feb 28, 5:59 p.m.

    How did they loose out on a future...... Is there really a professional Lacrosse league on this planet? Sounds as exciting as a chess or shuffleboard scholarships.

  • jeffnnc Feb 28, 4:52 p.m.

    "What happened to the professors who signed a full-page ad condemning the players before any facts were out about Miss Mangnum?" drnc

    Here you go.
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/12/025283.php

    "In 2007, one member of the group — Paula McClain — became head of Duke’s Academic Council, the highest elected position for a faculty member."

  • jeffnnc Feb 28, 4:50 p.m.

    "I'm willing to bet 2/3 of Americans have never even heard of the Duke Lacrosse case." Obamacare rises

    I would normally agree with you but this was a huge national story covered on all the major news networks, CNN, Fox News, etc. Everyone was talking about it. Nancy Grace carried on almost daily about it. Jesse Jackson came down and turned this whole thing into a race issue. It's not like this was some little local news story.

  • drnc Feb 28, 4:26 p.m.

    What happened to the professors who signed a full-page ad condemning the players before any facts were out about Miss Mangnum?

  • Obamacare rises Feb 28, 4:24 p.m.

    I'm willing to bet 2/3 of Americans have never even heard of the Duke Lacrosse case. So yeah, these rich kids just got richer.

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