The City of Durham is gratified that the litigation between itself and Messrs. Evans, Seligman, and Finnerty has been finally resolved.
As the City has maintained throughout, it believes that its police officers had an obligation to investigate the allegations made by Crystal Mangum in 2006 and that no police officer nor any other City employee engaged in improper conduct. The former District Attorney, Mike Nifong, was not a City employee, and Mr. Nifong was subsequently convicted of criminal contempt and disbarred for his actions.
When Attorney General Roy Cooper announced his decision in April 2007 to dismiss all charges against Mr. Evans, Mr. Seligmann, and Mr. Finnerty, and declared them innocent of the charges for which they had been indicted, the City expressed its concurrence in Attorney General Cooper’s decision. Today, the City reaffirms that it fully concurs with the Attorney General’s decision to dismiss the charges, and with his conclusion that Mr. Evans, Mr. Seligmann, and Mr. Finnerty were innocent of the charges for which they were indicted.
In consultation with Mr. Evans, Mr. Finnerty and Mr. Seligmann, the City of Durham is making a one-time grant in the amount of $50,000 to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.