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Durham 'pleased' Supreme Court won't hear Duke lacrosse appeal

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This house, photographed Wednesday March 29, 2006, on North Buchanan Boulevard in Durham, N.C., was the site on an alleged assault March 13 by members of the Duke lacrosse team on a 27-year-old divorced mother of two. (AP Photo/Karen Tam) This house, photographed Wednesday March 29, 2006, on North Buchanan Boulevard in Durham, N.C., was the site on an alleged assault March 13 by members of the Duke lacrosse team on a 27-year-old divorced mother of two. (AP Photo/Karen Tam)
WASHINGTON -

The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from three former Duke University lacrosse players who were among those falsely accused of raping a stripper.

The players, Ryan McFadyen, Matthew Wilson and Breck Archer, wanted the court to say their constitutional rights were violated by the Durham, N.C., police when officers made them give DNA samples and examined their bodies in an attempt to find evidence to use against them.

The case involved a woman making salacious accusations against athletes at Duke, but the players were declared innocent and all charges dismissed.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said police can use a significantly lower standard than "probable cause" to justify a court order compelling a search and DNA swabs. The high court will not review that decision.

Crystal Mangum, the accuser in the lacrosse case, is now facing murder charges in a different case. That trial began Tuesday in Durham.

In a statement, officials with the city of Durham were"very pleased" with the decision.

"The City is extremely pleased with the Supreme Court's decision today, refusing to hear the appeal of the second of the three Duke Lacrosse cases, and absolving all of the named City employees of any legal liability," the city said in a statement.

"The first suit was denied in October, and both denials support the City's contention from the outset that all of the lawsuits filed in response to the investigation of 2006 Duke men's lacrosse team put forward untested and unproven theories of legal liability.  Given that this second suit was particularly lengthy, exaggerated and outrageous in its claims against City employees, the City had great confidence that the courts would see through the complaint to determine that there was no merit to the dozens of claims against the City and City officials."

 

 

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