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Paneru
Apr 18th, 2006, 12:27 PM
Two Lacrosse Players Taken Into Custody
Men Face Charges of Rape, Sexual Offense and Kidnapping
By TIM WHITMIRE, AP

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DURHAM, N.C. (April 18) - Two 20-year-old Duke University lacrosse players were arrested early Tuesday on charges of raping and kidnapping a stripper hired to dance at an off-campus party.

Reade Seligmann posted a $400,000 bond and Collin Finnerty was in the process of doing so for the same amount, said Col. George Naylor of the Durham County jail. By posting bond, the players avoided making an initial court appearance later in the day.

Earlier, Seligmann, a 6-foot-1 sophomore from Essex Fells, N.J., and Finnerty, a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Garden City, N.Y., were led out of separate police cruisers in handcuffs. One was wearing a suit jacket, the other was in dress shirt and jeans.

Seligmann is "absolutely innocent," said his attorney, Kirk Osborn. "He's doing great. That's all I have to say."

The alleged victim, a 27-year-old black woman and mother of two children, told police she was attacked March 13 by three white men in a bathroom at a party held by the lacrosse team.

The racially charged allegations have led to near daily protest rallies.

The school canceled the highly ranked team's season and accepted the resignation of coach Mike Pressler after the release of a vulgar and graphic e-mail that was sent by a team member shortly after the alleged assault.

Defense attorneys have urged District Attorney Mike Nifong to drop the case, saying DNA tests failed to connect any of the 46 team members tested to the alleged victim.

Nifong has said 75 percent to 80 percent of rape prosecutions lack DNA evidence. According to court records, a medical examination of the woman found injuries consistent with rape.

Defense attorneys have said time-stamped photos taken the night of the party show that the alleged victim was injured and impaired before she arrived.

The charges come two weeks before Nifong, appointed to the job last year after nearly three decades as a lawyer in the district attorney's office, is up for election. On Monday, he repeatedly declined to comment on the case.

Brian Loftus, of Syossett, N.Y., the father of two players on the team, told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview broadcast Tuesday that he approached one of his sons and asked him about the alleged attack.

"I asked him ten times. I said, 'Did anything happen?' Both my sons ... all they ever told me was 'Dad, nothing happened. Nobody did anything,"' Loftus said.

Also Monday, school officials said the lacrosse coach was warned last year that his players had too many violations of the campus judicial code and he needed to "get them in line."

Duke athletic director Joe Alleva said the university's executive vice president reviewed the lacrosse team's disciplinary record last year, then discussed his findings with Alleva.

"He said there were too many incidents, but there's not enough incidents to make a drastic change in the program at this point in time," Alleva told The Herald-Sun of Durham.

Alleva then met with Pressler, telling the coach that "his team was under the microscope, and he had to do everything he could to get them in line and to not have any more behavior problems," he said.

The review by Tallman Trask III, Duke's executive vice president, was spurred by reports of "boorish behavior" by the lacrosse team, Alleva said.

Sue Wasiolek, Duke's dean of students and assistant vice president for student affairs, said the review showed the lacrosse team had a "disproportionate" number of violations of the campus judicial code. None was particularly serious, but administrators were concerned about the cumulative record and the fact that some players had several violations, she said.


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vogus
Apr 18th, 2006, 12:32 PM
at least the rich white boys' daddies kept them from having to spend the night in jail.

lizchris
Apr 18th, 2006, 12:34 PM
at least the rich white boys' daddies kept them from having to spend the night in jail.


One is out of jail, having made bail; the other is still in jail and should make bail within a couple of hours.

Infiniti2001
Apr 18th, 2006, 12:36 PM
So much for "They're all innocent" I guess. Also I only just read a backgrounder on the case and apparrently the team was already under warning for its ongoing obnoxious, frat-boy behavior :eek:

vogus
Apr 18th, 2006, 12:38 PM
we'll just have to wait and see if Whitey has enough money to buy his way out of this one. The DA seems pretty determined to bring charges.

lizchris
Apr 18th, 2006, 12:43 PM
So much for "They're all innocent" I guess. Also I only just read a backgrounder on the case and apparrently the team was already under warning for its ongoing obnoxious, frat-boy behavior :eek:

Not only that, the other dancer has given an exclusive interview to MSNBC's Rita Cosby and what she said in that interview is the reason why there is a case and that the pictures the defense allegedly has have not been released.

lizchris
Apr 18th, 2006, 12:45 PM
we'll just have to wait and see if Whitey has enough money to buy his way out of this one. The DA seems pretty determined to bring charges.

According to Geralod Rivera on Fox News, he believes they may not be guilty of rape, but of assault and that they are going to plead guilty to that because he noted that the only lawyers who have not been talking to the media are the ones who are representing the players who were indicted yesterday.

BTW, this case isn't over; another player may be indicted at a later date.

lizchris
Apr 18th, 2006, 12:53 PM
From the News Observer:
http://www.newsobserver.com/1185/story/429880.html


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Published: Apr 18, 2006 07:54 AM
Modified: Apr 18, 2006 08:22 AM



Finnerty charged with assault in D.C.


By Jim Nesbitt, Staff Writer

Collin Finnerty, one of two Duke University lacrosse players charged in the reported rape of a dancer at a March 13 party, has been arrested before.

Finnerty, a lanky sophomore attackman from Chaminade High School, an all-boys Catholic academy in Mineola, N.Y., was arrested last November on assault charges in Washington, D.C.

On March 23, the same day he was ordered to provide DNA samples in Durham for the gang rape investigation, Finnerty was in Washington to face a misdemeanor charge of simple assault.

According to court records, Finnerty and two former Chaminade teammates attacked a man who was driving by The Georgetown Inn on Wisconsin Avenue in the early hours of Nov. 5, "busting his lip and bruising his chin."

The man said that he told them to stop "calling him gay and ... derogatory names."

Finnerty, who entered a diversion program, was ordered to perform 25 hours of community service in Washington by fall, said his attorney, Stephen J. McCool. If he performs the service and avoids new arrests, the assault charges will be dropped, McCool said.

Finnerty is from Garden City, N.Y., a fairly affluent Long Island bedroom community about 26 miles east of New York City. His father, Kevin J. Finnerty, is a senior official with Bear Stearns, a securities trading, investment banking and brokerage firm with headquarters in New York. Finnerty graduated from Chaminade in 2004 and made the East roster for the National High School Senior Showcase sponsored by U.S. Lacrosse, the national governing body for the sport. According to the 2005 Duke University lacrosse team guide, Finnerty was an all-conference player at Chaminade. He scored 48 goals and had 22 assists during his senior year at the Marianist order Catholic school.


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:eek: :eek: :eek:

Wannabeknowitall
Apr 18th, 2006, 12:56 PM
It looks like someone is trying to save their ass.
The police said they were sure a rape took place in March.
No DNA was found on the victim from any of the lacrosse players.
DA elections are coming up soon.
There definately is a lot of pressure to bring someone in on charges.

lizchris
Apr 18th, 2006, 01:05 PM
It looks like someone is trying to save their ass.
The police said they were sure a rape took place in March.
No DNA was found on the victim from any of the lacrosse players.
DA elections are coming up soon.
There definately is a lot of pressure to bring someone in on charges.


But who?

Scotso
Apr 18th, 2006, 01:49 PM
Reade Seligmann posted a $400,000 bond and Collin Finnerty was in the process of doing so for the same amount, said Col. George Naylor of the Durham County jail. By posting bond, the players avoided making an initial court appearance later in the day.

That makes me sick.

Brian Loftus, of Syossett, N.Y., the father of two players on the team, told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview broadcast Tuesday that he approached one of his sons and asked him about the alleged attack.

"I asked him ten times. I said, 'Did anything happen?' Both my sons ... all they ever told me was 'Dad, nothing happened. Nobody did anything,"' Loftus said.

Well, there you have it! They're innocent! Let them go. :retard:

Scotso
Apr 18th, 2006, 01:51 PM
Finnerty, who entered a diversion program, was ordered to perform 25 hours of community service in Washington by fall, said his attorney, Stephen J. McCool. If he performs the service and avoids new arrests, the assault charges will be dropped, McCool said.

Why is he being forced to do that? I mean, he just beat up a gay guy... it's not like he hurt a person or anything!

:rolleyes: