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Judge orders photos, DNA samples in Duke lacrosse case destroyed

Posted July 15

— A Durham judge on Tuesday granted a motion filed on behalf of 21 members of Duke University's 2005-2006 lacrosse team to have DNA samples and photos taken of them destroyed.

Forty-six members of the team were required to submit to orders for the evidence in March 2006 as Durham police were in the initial stages of an investigation into Crystal Mangum's claims that she was raped during a lacrosse party.

Three team members were ultimately indicted on criminal charges, which were dropped in April 2007 after special prosecutors with the North Carolina Attorney General's Office found no credible evidence to support the allegations.

In the wake of the high-profile case, the defendants, as well as many of the unindicted players, filed lawsuits against Duke, the Durham Police Department, former prosecutor Mike Nifong and many others.

Since all of the legal matters have either been dismissed or settled, attorney Bill Thomas asked that the DNA and photos of the 21 former players he is representing be destroyed.

Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson's order does not apply to any of the other members of the team.

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