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Duke lacrosse players innocent


By Candice Dehnbostel

The three former Duke University lacrosse players who were indicted for sexual assault are "innocent" and the charges are being dropped, said North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper Tuesday, according to CNN.

Laboratory tests did not find any trace of the defendants' DNA, reported Reuters, and the original prosecutor, Durham County District Attorney Michael Nifong, allegedly exaggerated the case because he wanted to be re-elected. He is now facing ethics charges brought by the North Carolina State Bar, according to Reuters.

The case started at a lacrosse team party in a house close to campus on March 13 last year, reported USA Today, and the subsequent media commotion focused on allegations that white athletes at the private university raped a black exotic dancer.