Monday, July 16, 2007

Exonerated Duke suspect awaits fresh start at Brown

Brown Daily Herald:
[Reade Seligmann, of Duke lacrosse fame/notoriety] plans to study history at Brown and is considering adding economics as a second concentration. His internship at Bear Stearns has gotten him more interested in business, he says, but his heart, especially after the past year, is in law.

Seligmann knows some resent the three accused players for having the resources to battle the legal system. He is unapologetic about it, but after the Duke case, he realizes more than ever how economics plays a role in law.

Seligmann says he and the two accused teammates plan to one day work with the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to exonerating prisoners through DNA testing, or something similar.

His goal, he says, is to work toward making sure that something like the Duke case never happens again, that innocent people never have to go through what he went through, regardless of their financial situation.

At Brown, he promises to start a club related to the Innocence Project, and to devote much of his time to its cause.

When asked if he's comfortable making a promise, with the Brown community and much of the nation watching, Seligmann doesn't hesitate to respond.

'They'll be watching me anyway,' he says.

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