4.26.2006

Today's Duke News

As if Collin Finnerty's lawyer didn't have enough to deal with, check out the AP:

A Duke University lacrosse player charged with raping a stripper in North Carolina was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in Washington, D.C., on an unrelated assault charge from last fall.

The assault charge against Collin Finnerty, 19, could have been dismissed if he completed 25 hours of community service and stayed out of trouble, but a Washington judge decided his arrest in the rape case violated that agreement.

Finnerty and two friends are accused of punching a man after he told them to "stop calling him gay and other derogatory names," according to court documents.

"This incident has been grossly mischaracterized," said lawyer Steven J. McCool, who is representing Finnerty. McCool said the media have unfairly portrayed the incident as a hate crime. He did not elaborate.

So on top of a sexual assault case, now it appears McCool will argue that Finnerty didn't mean it in a literal sense while screaming in the guy's face, "YOU FUCKIN' F****!"

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