The three Duke Lacrosse players falsely accused of the 2006 ‘rape of piece-of-work’ stripper and escort, Chrystal Magnum, have received the go-ahead from a Durham, North Carolina judge to proceed with their lawsuit against former city prosecutor Mike Nifong and Durham police investigators. As a result of the case, Nifong was disbarred for engaging in “conduct involving dishonesy, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.” The players asked the Judge to hold him contempt of court for misrepresenting DNA evidence (lying about DNA evidence). The Judge did so and sentenced him to one day in jail, where he had his mobile and a private cell.
The judge dismissed some accusations, most noticable among them, claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress – nevermind that the DNA was misrepresented, and Nifong knew he didn’t have a case. Nevermind that some on the University staff treated these young men like trash.
The accused men filed a lawsuit against Nifong. The suit charged that the case was “one of the most chilling episodes of premeditated police, prosecutorial and scientific misconduct in modern American history.” The suit also asks for the Durham police have an appointed overseer for ten years.
The players were arrested and indicted on charges that could have sent them to prison for as long as 20 years. The arrests were based partly on photo lineups criticized by defense lawyers because they contained only pictures of team members.
In March 2006, the district attorney conducted almost 100 media interviews in which he said he had “no doubt” that three members of the team had engaged in a vicious, racially motivated rape, according to the complaint. The players’ lawyers said the district attorney was using the woman’s false allegations to win the election.
During a Dec. 15, 2006, court hearing, the director of the DNA lab Nifong used admitted he and the prosecutor agreed to withhold evidence that probably would show that none of the team members raped the woman.
During Nifong’s ethics trial on June 14, 2007, the complete DNA findings were revealed during Brad Bannon’s testimony. It revealed, according to conservative estimates, that the lab had discovered at least two unidentified males’ DNA in Mangum’s pubic region; at least two unidentified males’ DNA in her rectum; at least four to five unidentified males’ DNA on her panties; and at least one identified male’s DNA in her vagina.
None of the DNA belonged to the accused Duke players.