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In this 2006 photo, Duke lacrosse player Reade Seligmann, right, confers with his attorney, Kirk Osborn during court proceedings in Durham, N.C. Seligmann and two teammates were tried on charges of rape, sexual assault and kidnapping. (AP file photo)
In this 2006 photo, Duke lacrosse player Reade Seligmann, right, confers with his attorney, Kirk Osborn during court proceedings in Durham, N.C. Seligmann and two teammates were tried on charges of rape, sexual assault and kidnapping. (AP file photo)

Bar Buzz: Wrongfully convicted lacrosse player to keynote gala

Reade Seligmann will give the keynote address at the Innocence Project of Minnesota’s 15th annual Benefit for Innocence in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, Nov. 16. Seligman is one of the three players wrongfully indicted for rape, sexual assault and kidnapping in what has been referred to as the “Duke Lacrosse Case,” where an exotic dancer falsely accused the players of attacking her at a party held at the house of the lacrosse team’s captains.

In 2017, the Innocence Project extended its services to offer more assistance to innocent inmates in North Dakota by partnering with Fredrickson & Byron P.A. and the University of North Dakota Law School.

In addition, the Innocence Project was granted permission by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to bring one of its innocence cases into federal court.

Finally, the Innocence Project is excited to introduce its new executive director, Nick Vilbas. He was previously the executive director at the Innocence Project of Texas.

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  1. Recall that in the lacrosse case, the biggest case in Durham history, the prosecutor and police kept virtually no notes; used no daily dry-erase boards; failed to interview relevant witnesses; never once over the course of a year interrogated the suspects after they arrested them; refused repeatedly to accept statements from those suspects;

    got indictments from a grand jury session that lasted about five minutes and for which no notes were kept of testimony;

    broke all the rules in repeating several photo ID sessions; intimidated some witnesses with arrests and threats unrelated to the lacrosse case; leaked false information to the media (the DA gave seventy interviews to the media, in some demonstrating a choke hold which never took place);

    disregarded DNA evidence which showed that no member of the lacrosse team had any contact with their accuser; disregarded photo evidence which showed one of the accused was elsewhere at the time of the alleged rape; saw a SANE nurse reopen the rape evidence kit and alter the evidence to suit the accuser’s changing stories;

    and so on and so on. That such a prosecution could continue for a year, for a crime which never happened, and for which abundant proof existed that the accused could not have committed the crime, is an indictment of the American justice system.

    And unfortunately, nothing has changed.

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