Roy Cooper just delivered an excellent statement to announce the dropping of all the charges in the Duke case. He said the former defendants were “innocent” and had some tough words for Mike Nifong:
“Based on the significant inconsistencies between the evidence and the various accounts given by the accusing witness, we believe these three individuals are innocent of these charges….
“In this case, with the weight of the state behind him, the Durham district attorney pushed forward unchecked. There were many points in the case where caution would have served justice better than bravado. And in the rush to condemn, a community and a state lost the ability to see clearly. Regardless of the reasons this case was pushed forward, the result was wrong. Today, we need to learn from this and keep it from happening again to anybody.”
Check out the full statement here.