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Defense Attorneys Review Notes In Duke Lacrosse Case

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DURHAM, N.C. — Lawyers for three Duke University lacrosse players charged with rape spent several hours Tuesday reviewing investigators' notes and reports in the case, saying they needed more legible copies than some that prosecutors provided.

The four attorneys -- representing Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans -- spent up to 4½ hours at the Durham Police Department, where they read the reports and made new copies for their files. The attorneys had complained in court that some copies of documents in the police investigative file were illegible.

"Almost everything we saw, we've seen (before), just better copies," said Bill Cotter, one of Finnerty's attorneys. "There may have been one or two new things we saw that we would have gotten later, but we just saw them sooner."

Cotter was joined by attorneys Brad Bannon, Buddy Conner and Kirk Osborn. Bannon represents Evans, while Osborn and Conner represent Seligman.

The review came a day after the latest pretrial hearing in the case, in which District Attorney Mike Nifong said more discovery evidence would be provided to defense attorneys at a later date. Prosecutors have provided more than 1,800 pages of discovery evidence so far to the defense.

Also at that hearing, Judge Kenneth C. Titus cautioned lawyers for both sides to adhere to rules of professional conduct when making statements about the case.

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