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Defense Attorneys For Duke Players Request Speedy Trial, Speech Order Changes

Posted July 21, 2006
Updated January 7, 2007

— A defense attorney in the Duke lacrosse rape case wants his client's trial to move faster.

Defense attorney Kirk Osborn filed a motion asking the judge to set court dates for various motions hearings.

In the motion, he argues his client, Reade Seligmann, deserves a speedy trial.

Osborn says that a year of his college life has been taken from him and another year could be if things don't get moving more quickly.

Late Friday afternoon, attorneys for the accused players also filed a motion in response to a warning from a judge.

The judge told attorneys to limit what they say outside court or they could find themselves in contempt. In Friday's filing, they asked the judge to relax the order.

Seligmann, 20, of Essex Fells, N.J., Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y., and David Evans, 23, of Bethesda, Md., were indicted on charges of first-degree rape, assault and kidnapping after a woman told Durham police she was gang-raped and beaten at a lacrosse party on March 13.

All three have proclaimed their innocence and are out of jail under a $100,000 bond.

A trial is not expected to begin before spring 2007.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that a gag order had been issued.

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