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Committee to Investigate the Durham Police Department in the Duke Lacrosse Case records

Identifier: NCC-0021

Scope and Contents

The collection contains conference notes, requests for documents, reports, memos, presentations and other materials documenting the committee's work to investigate the Durham Police Department's handling of the Duke lacrosse case. A CD-ROM contains PDF files of depositions related to District Attorney for Durham County Michael B. Nifong's disciplinary hearing before the North Carolina State Bar.


  • Creation: 2006 - 2008
  • Creation: undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

The Committee to Investigate the Durham Police Department in the Duke Lacrosse Case was convened in 2007 by the City of Durham. Its charge was to produce an impartial, thorough and fair account of the department's conduct in the investigation. Willis P. Whichard served as committee chair, and Wade Barber of Barber & Falcone, PLLC served as counsel. Other members of the committee included members of law enforcement, victim advocacy groups, and legal scholars and community members from across the state. The Duke lacrosse case was based on the events that took place on the night of March 13, 2006, at a party hosted and attended by many members of the Duke University lacrosse team. Two exotic dancers performed at the party and one alleged a sexual assault took place. In a case that was widely reported both locally and nationally, charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping were brought and ultimately dropped against three Duke University lacrosse players.


.30 Linear Feet (2 folders)

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The material is in original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Willis P. Whichard

Finding Aid for the Committee to Investigate the Durham Police Department in the Duke Lacrosse Case Records
Barbara Ilie
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Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States