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Durham Fills Last Seat on Police Investigation Panel

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DURHAM, N.C. — Durham officials Tuesday identified the final member of a 12-person panel charged with investigating how Durham police handled the Duke lacrosse investigation that District Attorney Mike Nifong used to obtain indictments against three players.

Councilman Howard Clement III appointed Belinda J. Foster, an assistant district attorney in Forsyth County. Mayor William V. Bell said the state district attorneys' organization had recommended Foster.

The City Council approved Bell's proposal for the group to do an independent review of the police department's handling of the case. Eventually, Nifong dropping rape charges against the three players, and state Attorney General Roy Cooper dismissed all other charges and said the three were innocent.

The head of the panel is former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Willis Whichard.

In addition to Whichard and Foster, the members are:

  • Darrel Stephens, police chief, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
  • Jim Fealy, police chief, High Point Police Department
  • Pat Norris, police chief, Winston-Salem Police Department
  • Gregg Jarvies, former police chief, Chapel Hill Police Department
  • Kenneth Spaulding, attorney, Durham
  • Roland Leary, former sheriff, Durham County
  • Wilbur P. Gulley, general counsel, Triangle Transit Authority
  • Aurelia Sands Bell, executive director, Durham Crisis Response Center
  • Joseph Andrew Williams, attorney, Greensboro
  • Alice Sharpe, Alliance Architecture, Durham

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