Parents Reflect On A Difficult Year

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The parents of one of the three Duke University lacrosse players who are no longer facing sexual assault charges say there was a lot of crying and hugging when the announcement finally came.

Collin Finnerty's father, Kevin, told C-B-S' "The Early Show" that it was "just such a sensitive moment."

The athlete's mother, Mary Ellen, said the past year had been a nightmare for the students and their families. She says it was like there was a "a mad man chasing my son down the street and there's nothing I can do to stop him."

The players were accused of sexually assaulting a woman who was hired to strip at a team party in March of last year. Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong was aggressive in going after the players but later was accused of ethics violations connected to his handling of the case.

In announcing that charges were being dropped, the North Carolina attorney general said there had been a tragic rush to judgment.


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