Raleigh, N.C. -- A federal judge is allowing three former Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape to pursue a civil lawsuit against the North Carolina county prosecutor and police investigators who handled their case.
U.S. District Judge James Beaty ruled Thursday that the players can pursue claims such as malicious prosecution, concealment of evidence and fabrication of false evidence. He dismissed several other claims.
An attorney for former District Attorney Mike Nifong and a spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.
Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans were indicted by a Durham County grand jury in 2006 on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual offense. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper later dropped the charges, declaring the players innocent victims of a "tragic rush to accuse."