Jus­tice in­quiry urged in Duke case

The Washington Times Weekly - - Front Page - By Jerry Seper

Did a North Carolina pros­e­cu­tor, mem­bers of his staff, Durham po­lice and a DNA test­ing lab­o­ra­tory con­spire to vi­o­late the civil rights of three Duke Univer­sity lacrosse play­ers in bring­ing high­pro­file rape charges against them?

That is what Rep. Peter T. King, New York Repub­li­can and for­mer chair­man of the House Home­land Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee, wants to know, call­ing on At­tor­ney Gen­eral Al­berto R. Gon­za­les last week to as­sign Jus­tice De­part­ment at­tor­neys and the FBI to find out.

“I have been fol­low­ing with great in­ter­est and deep­en­ing con­cern the pros­e­cu­tion by Durham County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Michael B. Ni­fong,” Mr. King said in a terse let­ter to Mr. Gon­za­les. “I have done so not only be­cause mem­bers of Collin Fin­erty’s fam­ily are my con­stituents but be­cause I have been ac­corded the priv­i­lege of rep­re­sent­ing all the cit­i­zens in this coun­try and their in­ter­est in guar­an­tee­ing not only the ap­pear­ance of jus­tice but its ac­tual im­ple­men­ta­tion.”

Mr. King said a re­view he con­ducted of doc­u­ments and sum­maries of Mr. Ni­fong’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, along with dis­cus­sions with other mem­bers of Congress, led to his call for the Jus­tice De­part­ment probe.

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