Wednesday, January 23, 2008

At DSED: Comments & Suit Breakdowns, Too

I should have mentioned before that Duke Students for an Ethical Durham now allows comments.

DSED is also posting breakdowns of the complaint recently filed in federal court on behalf of three unindicted Duke students who were members of the school’s 2006 Men’s lacrosse team falsely accused of criminal acts by Durham Police and others.

Among those the suit names as defendants are Durham City and Police, Duke University, and many individuals.

The suit concerns actions alleged to have been undertaken by defendants following lies told by Duke lacrosse accuser Crystal Mangum, as well as actions some defendants are alleged to have undertaken before Mangum’s false accusations on Mar. 14, 2006.

The actions the suit alleges preceded Mangum’s lies and concern what the suit alleges was/is a “zero tolerance policy” for its students’ behavior which Duke entered into with Durham Police and authorities.

The suit’s complaint filing is 400+ pages.

You can read it here. (pdf)

The suit breakdowns DSED has posted to date are an important service to DU students and all others wishing to understand the suit but perhaps overwhelmed by the lengthy complaint filing.

DSED is providing a “one part at a time” opportunity.

As examples of what DSED is doing here are breakdowns concerning the three students on whose behalf Durham attorney Bob Ekstrand filed the complaint:

Duke’s Treatment of Ryan McFadyan

Duke’s Treatment of Matthew Wilson

Duke’s Treatment of Breck Archer

Thanks are due DSED for its suit breakdown work to date.

With DSED now accepting comments, readers will be able to question breakdown items they don’t understand or want more information about.