Justice inquiry urged in Duke case
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.