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Duke Lacrosse Review Panel Schedules First Meeting

Posted July 6, 2007 2:09 p.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2007 1:08 p.m. EDT

— A committee appointed to examine the Durham Police Department's handling of the Duke University lacrosse team sexual assault case will hold its first meeting on July 20.

Chairman Willis Whichard, a former state Supreme Court justice, said the attorneys for wrongly accused lacrosse players Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans - and possibly the players themselves - will be the first people called to present information to the committee.

He said their testimony will allow members of the police department to know what the defendants contend was done wrong in the investigation before they are called before the committee.

The Durham City Council called for an independent review of the case in May after the police department issued a report finding no wrongdoing by investigators in the case. Mayor Bill Bell said the internal review left questions unanswered.