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Judge Won't Block Lacrosse Lawyers, Web Site

Posted April 15, 2008

— A federal judge on Tuesday refused to sanction lawyers for publicizing a lawsuit stemming from the discredited Duke lacrosse rape case.

U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty Jr. denied a motion to punish attorneys representing 38 current and former lacrosse players who have sued the school, the City of Durham and others.

Duke attorney James Donald Cowen said the players' attorneys violated rules of professional conduct by using a press conference and Web site to promote the lawsuit. The players' lawyer, Chuck Cooper, told the judge the players wanted to get their information out first.

None of the players was indicted. They claim they suffered emotional distress, however, when three of their teammates were falsely accused of sexually assaulting a stripper at a team party in 2006.

The three players were later declared innocent.


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  • whocares Apr 16, 2008

    All this is about money and publicity. These people were in no way harmed by their ordeal emotionally or otherwise. I think I should sue them for emotional distress from having to hear about this case over and over again.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Apr 16, 2008

    If I were on the jury, I would raise the bar for kids who claim to have been injured and were only superficially harmed in this matter. In other words, unless you were defamed like the original three and the coach, I would not be in favor of shoveling out huge sums of money if you were simply on the team.

  • ranquick Apr 16, 2008

    Teach I do l ike your point and it is well taken.

  • miketroll3572 Apr 16, 2008

    Teach took the words out of my mouth: Never heard anything from Stripper Mangum, black panthers, or the other loud mouth woman that was always spouting her crud. If it were white folk the media would be HOUNDING them.

  • lovinlife2010 Apr 16, 2008

    And so it should be!!!

  • Timbo Apr 16, 2008

    Cool. Duke knows they've lost this case and they're flopping around like a fish on the ground.

  • Raleigh Apr 16, 2008

    what is the story with the coach?....he should be compensated too.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 16, 2008

    Duke and the gang of 88 professors are going to pay big when this case is over.

  • gnew46 Apr 15, 2008

    Excellent point teach. I guess that those who practiced pre-emptive judgment in this case and went public with it, can't find it in their hearts to apologize, unless under duress, which is not a real apology.

  • PaulRevere Apr 15, 2008

    Crystal Mangum hasn't apologized yet either, by the way.