Duke University Settles With Wrongly Charged Lacrosse Players

Duke University has agreed to a financial settlement with the wrongly charged Duke Lacrosse players. Here is the University's press release:

Durham, NC -- On Monday, Duke University leaders announced they have reached a settlement with David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann. Below are statements about the settlement.


This has been an extraordinary year for Duke students David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann, who were accused of serious crimes they did not commit. In April, after a thorough review, the North Carolina Attorney General declared that they were innocent of all charges and that the charges never should have been brought. We welcomed their exoneration and deeply regret the difficult year they and their families have had to endure. They conducted themselves with great dignity during their long ordeal.

These young men and their families have been the subject of intense scrutiny that has taken a heavy toll. The Board of Trustees and the President have also determined that it is in the best interests of the Duke community to eliminate the possibility of future litigation and move forward. For these reasons, and after considerable deliberation, the trustees have agreed to a settlement with each student. Beyond this statement, the resolution is a private matter among the students, their families and Duke.

This past year has been hard for many people who care about Duke -- for students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and friends -- and for the three students and their families most of all. We resolve to bring the Duke family together again, and to work to protect others from similar injustices in the criminal justice system in the future.

The players released this statement:


Today, we are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Duke University to resolve any differences between us.

Years ago, each of us made a decision to attend Duke because it is one of the greatest universities in the nation. We chose to represent the University on the athletic field and in the classroom as student athletes. We were honored to be admitted and proud to wear the Duke uniform and to compete against the best lacrosse teams in the nation. Duke is a very special place. It balances top-notch academics and athletics, and it offers unparalleled opportunities to its students. We were drawn to Duke because of its sense of community.

The events of the last year tore the Duke community apart, and forcibly separated us from the University we love. It is impossible to fully describe what we, our families and team endured. As we said from day one, we are innocent. But it took three hundred and ninety-four days, and the intervention of the North Carolina Attorney General, before our innocence was formally declared. We were the victims of a rogue prosecutor concerned only with winning an election, and others determined to railroad three Duke lacrosse players and to diminish the reputation of Duke University. Throughout our ordeal, however, we never forgot the lessons we learned, both on and off the field, about character, integrity, and honor. Those lessons, and the love and support of our wonderful families, friends, lawyers and supporters across the country helped us to prevail against those who refused to seek the truth and to protect all citizens from injustice.

We hope that today’s resolution will begin to bring the Duke family back together again, and we look forward to working with the University to develop and implement initiatives that will prevent similar injustices and ensure that the lessons of the last year are never forgotten.

Smart move by Duke. And a welcome one.

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    Apology? (4.00 / 1) (#1)
    by OkieFromMuskogee on Mon Jun 18, 2007 at 04:52:54 PM EST
    I would have expected to see the word "apologize" or "sorry" in there somewhere.  Perhaps Duke officials would prefer to spend the University's money than actually apologize personally for piling on in this fiasco.

    yeah, just a typical bunch of sheep ... (none / 0) (#4)
    by 4liberties on Mon Jun 18, 2007 at 06:29:47 PM EST
     The officials could have been a lot less in the "cover your rear end" mode when the whole thing started. Yet unfortunately the tendency to follow the herd has prevailed. Usually while significantly reduced compared to corporations, follow the herd mentality is very much active even in the finest educational places ...

     Well, at least the students probably got their legal expenses covered, plus some other compensation. So they may have a chance to recover over time and view the whole ordeal as just a bad dream.

    Duke Compensation (none / 0) (#5)
    by DavidE on Mon Jun 18, 2007 at 08:33:17 PM EST
    Wouldn't we all love to know how much Duke thought enough to mitigate their 88 professors' bigotery and stupidity? Please let's have an inside leaker !

    read: (none / 0) (#6)
    by cpinva on Tue Jun 19, 2007 at 12:02:03 AM EST
    "duke university, a school we dearly loved, chose to throw us under the bus at the first hint of trouble. instead of affording us due process, taught at its law school as one of the cornerstones of our society, the administration of this great university ran for cover, using our prostrate bodies as steppingstones.

    instead of wasting more of our lives in court, wrenching out the only thing that can provide us some measure of personal vindication, we've decided to let the school off the hook, and taken their cash, so we can get on with it."