Duke rape hoax: A congressman wants a federal investigation into Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong
A congressman wants a federal investigation into Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong and the way he has handled a rape investigation involving three Duke University lacrosse players.
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the case, having accused Nifong of making prejudicial statements to the media and telling police to violate identification procedures.
In a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Jones also highlighted the fact that Nifong has never spoken directly with the accuser, a 27-year-old exotic dancer, about the case.
The woman, who is also a student at North Carolina Central University in Durham, said she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus lacrosse party in March by three men.
In April, two lacrosse players, Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Fells, N.J., and Collin Finnerty, 20, of Garden City, N.Y., were indicted on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual offense. A third lacrosse player, David Evans, 23, of Bethesda, Md., was indicted on the same charges a month later.
All three have maintained their innocence and have called the allegations lies.
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