Skip to comments.Duke To Reinstate Seligmann, Finnerty (DukeLax)
Posted on 01/03/2007 10:57:18 AM PST by abb
(01/03/07 -- DURHAM) - Duke lacrosse defendants Colin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann are both expected to be reinstated today as Duke students in good standing, two sources close to the case told ABC News. Also on abc11tv.com: Send us news tips | Desktop Alert | ABC11 AccuWeather | Pinpoint Traffic Defendant David Evans was allowed to graduate last spring, but underclassmen Seligmann and Finnerty were suspended from the University pending a resolution of the assault charges.
December 22, 2006, prosecutors dropped rape charges against the three Duke lacrosse players accused of attacking a stripper at a team party, but the three still face kidnapping and sexual offense charges.
According to court papers filed by District Attorney Mike Nifong, the accuser says she now does not know if she was penetrated during the alleged attack.
The accuser, a 28-year-old student at North Carolina Central University, has said three men raped her in a bathroom at a March 13 Duke lacrosse team party where she was hired to perform as a stripper.
The indicted players - Dave Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann - all say they are innocent, and their attorneys have consistently said no sex occurred at the party.
Evans graduated from Duke in May, the day before he was indicted. Sophomores Finnerty and Seligmann were suspended following their April 2006 indictments.
The Duke lacrosse team was also suspended from play, but was reinstated in June on a provisionary basis.
A press conference from defense attorneys is expected this afternoon.
Stay with abc11tv.com and ABC11 Eyewitness News for the latest on this developing story.
About time. Guilty until proven overwhelmingly innocent.
when do they get their reputations reinstated?
Didn't Finnerty already announce that he would not be returning to Duke?
Proably not for decades.
For some reason this reminds me of the thread I just read about Mugabe inviting the white farmers back.
Trying to head off a lawsuit, perhaps?
They should also receive retroactive full ride scholarships along with some other compensation from Duke U.
Colin Finnerty is from Garden City, NY.
They should be given every opportunity to make up the time and credits they missed- at Duke's expense. If Finnerty wants to transfer, Duke should pay for it, at least for the two semesters they were kept from completing their education. As an alumnus, I feel we owe them that and so much more.
You know normally I am on the side of the accuser. But in this case, it was FISHY from the very beginning. I am hopeful that the boys will have their reputations restored and the stripper and the DA will be punished.
Like Mugabe, w/applications down Duke needs them.
Does the jurisdiction have "recall" elections, by petitions?
Duke alumni must be a pretty well heeled bunch. Ought to be fighting mad, that the local jurisdiction LE did this on flimsy evidence. Ought to be all out to get Nifong out, by any method available under the law.
Why would anyone pay that university the kind of money you have to pay to be there to be treated that way? Don't blame them.
That is precisely why the Duke applications dropped by 20% this year. Other universities in North Carolina are also down, as a result of Mike Nifong and his psychotic behavior.
When Nifong gets disbarred and it's all over, which I'm starting to think may happen sooner rather than later.