Duke LAX Defense Attorneys Meet with Prosecutors

Thursday, February 08, 2007

A spokesperson for the attorney general has confirmed that a meeting, including legal teams for the Duke lacrosse case, took place in Raleigh around 10 a.m. Wednesday, but both sides are remaining tight-lipped about what went on behind closed doors.

"We have a meeting with some of the attorneys general," said Joe Chesire, defense attorney.

That's all defense attorneys would reveal about their meeting with special prosecutors.

Defense Attorney James Cooney could be seen arriving at the meeting with several boxes. Sources close to the case told Eyewitness News that Wednesday was the first time the defense had been able to make its case for why the remaining charges against Reade Seligman, Collin Finnerty and David Evans should be dropped.

In December, D.A. Mike Nifong dismissed rape charges against three players after the accuser told an investigator she was no longer certain she was raped as defined by N.C. law. But the defendants still face kidnapping and sexual offense charges.

Despite claims, some of the attorney's clients have iron-clad alibis. Defense attorneys have said Nifong refused to meet with them. But with the case now in the hands of the attorney general's office, the hope is there will be change.

Both sides met last week. That meeting ended with a hearing postponed until May so that new prosecutors can get up to speed on the case.

In addition to meeting with defense attorneys, the special prosecutors are expected to reinterview witnesses before making a final decision on whether to go forward with the case.

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