Nifong Goes to Jail; Exonerated Players Seek Settlement and Reformby Stephen Littau
RALEIGH, N.C. – The prosecutor who led the now-discredited Duke lacrosse rape case reported to jail Friday to serve a 24-hour sentence for contempt of court. The city, meanwhile, was in settlement talks with the three exonerated players.
According to a person close to the case, attorneys for the three players are seeking $30 million from Durham and reforms in the legal process.
If the terms aren’t met, they will sue early next month, the person told The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the proposed settlement wasn’t complete…
Attorneys Brendan Sullivan and Barry Scheck met Wednesday with Durham officials to discuss a possible settlement to avoid a lawsuit. The lawyers stressed that the money — about $10 million each for David Evans, Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann over five years — must be accompanied by legal reforms, the person close to the case told AP.
Obviously, I am very disappointed that Michael Nifong is only serving one day in jail for his disgraceful criminal behavior and even more disappointed that that lying whore Crystal Mangum who made the false charges in the first place is apparently getting a pass. But in the grand scheme of things, if these young men are successful in receiving their settlement and force reforms in the legal process, maybe future cases like this will be handled more carefully. As I have mentioned before, it should be very expensive for governments which make mistakes such as this when someone’s freedom is at stake.