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Duke seeks dismissal of unindicted lacrosse players' lawsuit

Posted May 30, 2008

— Duke University is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by more than three dozen lacrosse players and members of their families.

The school filed its formal response to the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Greensboro.

Duke officials declined any additional comment.

In February, the players filed a lawsuit seeking damages from 29 defendants, including Duke University and several of its employees.

None of the players in this lawsuit were indicted as part of a now notorious case that started when an exotic dancer falsely accused three lacrosse players of rape in March 2006.

State prosecutors eventually declared the three players innocent and dropped all charges. They reached a private settlement with Duke last June.

Those three have filed a civil rights suit against then-District Attorney Mike Nifong and the city of Durham, whose police investigated the case.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 30, 2008

    The amazing thing about this is that the guilty Crystal Mangum who started the mess got off with no punishment and received a free education in the process. Where is the justice.

  • clintoflannagan May 30, 2008

    This lawsuit will get tossed on summary judgment and then the ruling will be upheld on appeal.

  • PC is for Losers May 30, 2008

    Unsavory students? For getting a couple of strippers? While maybe not too keen in the eyes of some, it isnt illegal to get a couple of strippers for a party. Not saying all these guys were class acts, but they did nothing illegal.

    That said, I don't think their lawsuit holds merit.

  • 7734 2 06 May 30, 2008

    cheddarhead wrote: "Can someone please explain to me why she is not punished in any way with this whole situation?"

    You mean the honor student? Welcome to NC. Be safe!!

    For anyone interested, the Plaintiff's complaint can be viewed at:


  • mrr03 May 30, 2008

    To koverbee: Let's reverse you reasoning..Let Duke sue all of the unsavory students involved in this mess.Duke is a private institution and can suspend or throw a student out if the University desires to do so..I say for all those trying to get a free ride on this incident Duke should refund their tuition and sent the men packing back to their mama's

  • cheddarhead May 30, 2008

    Can someone please explain to me why she is not punished in any way with this whole situation? Maybe I missed all the discussion in previous news reports about this and if so sorry but I just don't get it.

  • futbalfantic May 30, 2008

    disney the problem wasn't that they were falsely accused of the crime but that the school suspended them before any of the facts were out

  • Dreamin of Disney World May 30, 2008

    I'm confused...would it be the same if I were suspected in a crime, but never arrested, would I have grounds to sue?

  • koverbee May 30, 2008

    I think the lawsuit is completely justified. Duke suspended the entire Lacrosse team based on the lies of one girl. She got her education paid for and didn't even get in trouble after nearly ruining the lives of 3 boys who were innocent. Considering the circumstances I think Duke should have offered them something without even thinking about it. Personally I feel each and every one of the Lacrosse Players, including the falsely accused, should sue Crystal Mangum. They may never get their money but the point is she doesn't deserve to to get off scott free after what she did. She should never have anything after this.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ May 30, 2008

    Isn't this a frivolous lawsuit? I believe it should be dismissed based on the information I had seen, but there may be more details than what I know about that is the basis of this lawsuit.