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Sarah Kwak
June 26, 2006
The case has produced a steady drip of leaks, damage control and conflicting evidence
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June 26, 2006

Timeline Of Trouble

The case has produced a steady drip of leaks, damage control and conflicting evidence

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APRIL 4 | The accuser identifies her alleged attackers in a photographic ID exercise with police. She identifies sophomores Collin Finnerty and Reade Seligmann with what she calls 100% certainty and senior David Evans with "about 90%" certainty. (She adds that a fourth person resembles one of the assailants.)

APRIL 5 | A vulgar e-mail sent by sophomore Ryan McFadyen (41) to several teammates is made public when a judge unseals an application for a search warrant in the case. In the message McFadyen, who had been at the party, says he would host strippers and skin them while ejaculating in his "Duke issue spandex," an apparent reference to the novel American Psycho.

Later that same day, coach Mike Pressler resigns and the university cancels the season. Duke also announces the formation of five independent committees to investigate the lacrosse program, the university's response to the rape allegations and other issues related to the case.

APRIL 10 | Defense attorneys release the results of the DNA tests, saying that the report from the state crime lab indicates that none of the 46 players' DNA was in or on the accuser or any of her belongings.

APRIL 11 | At a public forum at North Carolina Central University, where the accuser is a student, Durham County D.A. Mike Nifong says that he will pursue the case despite the DNA results.

APRIL 17 | A Durham County grand jury returns sealed indictments against two players: Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y., and the 20-year-old Seligmann of Essex Fells, N.J.

APRIL 18 | Finnerty (top) and Seligmann turn themselves in to the police and are charged with first-degree forcible rape, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping. Each is released on a $400,000 secured bond. Nifong says in a statement that he will continue to investigate a third suspect.

APRIL 21 | Roberts is interviewed by the AP after an e-mail she sent to the 5W Public Relations firm is leaked to the press. In the e-mail she writes, "I've found myself in the center of one of the biggest stories in the country. I'm worried about letting this opportunity pass me by without making the best of it and was wondering if you had any advice as to how to spin this to my advantage."

MAY 1 | Two of the committees that Brodhead chartered return their reports. One concludes that the members of the team generally have been responsible academically and athletically. It notes that many players have been "socially irresponsible consumers of alcohol" but recommends that the team be allowed to resume play next season.

MAY 2 | Nifong wins the Democratic primary, virtually assuring a four-year term as Durham County D.A. (There are no Republican candidates for the general election in November.)

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