Shame on Duke by Bernie Reeves


The settlement paid by Duke University to the three families of the falsely accused lacrosse team members — estimated to be around $18 million — follows on the heels of similar deals, one with the student whose teacher gave him a failing grade because he simply played the game, and the other with the former lacrosse coach who was summarily fired without so much as a how-do-you-do. The Washington, DC-based Williams & Connelly law firm took on the civil matter for the families pro bono, demonstrating the outrage felt worldwide about the case. Duke paid up because the school could be vulnerable to civil suits by the players for harming their reputations by dismissing them summarily before the facts were known.

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