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Durham, former Duke lacrosse players reach settlement

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DURHAM, N.C. -

The City of Durham has finally settled its lawsuit with three former Duke lacrosse players accused of rape in 2006.

In 2006, Crystal Mangum, a dancer at a party hosted by Duke lacrosse players, accused David Evans, Reade Seligman and Colin Finnerty of rape.

The City believed that police officers had an obligation to investigate the allegations made by Mangum.

In April 2007, Attorney General Roy Cooper dismissed all charges against Evans, Seligman and Finnerty and declared them innocent of the charges.

The three players filed a lawsuit against the City of Durham, former District Attorney Mike Nifong and the Durham Police Department. They accused city officials and Nifong of conspiring to frame them in the Duke lacrosse case.

Nifong was convicted of criminal contempt and disbarred for his actions during the trial.

As part of the lawsuit settlement, the City of Durham is making a one-time grant of $50,000 to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.

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