Bannon has worked in the Raleigh firm Cheshire Parker Schneider & Vitale since graduating from law school at Campbell University. He's known as a forceful legal writer with an ability to master and analyze mountains of facts: Joseph B. Cheshire V, the firm's senior partner, acknowledges this when he calls Bannon "my brain."
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A neighborhood activist and member of the Durham Planning Commission, Brown has worked on the campaigns of a sheriff, county commissioners, a City Council member and others. She managed Mike Nifong's campaign through the May primary, fell out with him and then managed the campaign of Lewis Cheek, who lost to Nifong in the general election.
Joseph B. Cheshire V:
One of the state's highest-profile criminal defense lawyers, Cheshire is known for his skills communicating with a jury as well as with television cameras. In recent years, his clients have included U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance, U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor, the amusement company in the scandal involving then-Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps and former death row inmate Alan Gell.
A Charlotte lawyer in the state's biggest law firm, Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, Cooney specializes in defending doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases. He also handles criminal defense cases and has helped get new trials for four men on death row, including Alan Gell. His work on Gell's case helped pass the state law that requires prosecutors to share all evidence with the defense.
A veteran lawyer in Durham, Cotter still has the clipped nasal accent of a "southie," the nickname for people from the largely Irish working-class neighborhood of south Boston, Mass. He has practiced a wide variety of law in Durham for almost three decades.
Ekstrand and his wife, Samantha, run a small law firm in Durham. Many of his clients are Duke students facing misdemeanor charges. Early in the case, Ekstrand represented dozens of lacrosse players. He still represents 32 players. His wife and sister-in-law, a paralegal, have helped coach the Duke women's lacrosse team.
Evans graduated from Duke with honors and was indicted the following day. Evans lost the offer of a Wall Street job after the indictment; he's now working at a telecommunications company in the Washington, D.C., area. He was a co-captain of the Duke lacrosse team and captain of the football, lacrosse and hockey teams at Landon School, an all-boys prep academy in Bethesda, Md.
Since his indictment, Finnerty has taken classes at Hofstra University and worked at two nonprofits, one focused on cystic fibrosis and the other helping families with relatives killed on 9/11. He is helping coach lacrosse at his alma mater, Chaminade, in Mineola, N.Y. He and Seligmann will be on opposing sidelines when Chaminade plays Delbarton on May 19.
A sergeant in the Durham Police Department, Gottlieb has come under fire for his focus on arresting Duke students on minor charges. Duke students accounted for 71 percent of his arrests while he was a patrol supervisor, compared with 3 percent for his fellow patrol supervisors in District 2. Gottlieb was heavily involved in the investigation for the first months of the case but has dropped from view since the summer.
Levicy has a bachelor's degree in women's studies from the University of Maine. She worked as an associate at Planned Parenthood before becoming a registered nurse. She is specially trained as a sexual assault nurse examiner; she received her certificate in the mail March 14, 2006, the day she helped examine Crystal Gail Mangum.Brian Meehan:
Meehan was a marine biologist who studied shellfish before entering the world of DNA laboratory testing. He and several partners started DNA Security Inc. in 1998; his first lab was in his garage. Before going into business for himself, he was the laboratory director at National Legal Labs in Michigan.
Since his indictment, Seligmann has taken community college classes and volunteers several days a week at a soup kitchen in Morristown, N.J. Seligmann has also coached lacrosse and football at his alma mater, Delbarton School, a Catholic school in Morris Township, N.J. He also acquired a tattoo with the Delbarton motto: Succisa virescit (Latin for "Cut down, grow back stronger").
A veteran defense lawyer with three decades of experience in Durham, Thomas was at the center of Durham's most racially charged trial of recent years when he represented a white homeowner in the 1993 fatal shooting of a black teenager who broke into the homeowner's garage. The case was marked by protests in and out of court and reports of death threats. It ended in a hung jury.
James D. 'Butch' Williams:
Williams is Durham County's legal switch-hitter; he's one of the most respected criminal defense lawyers in the county while acting as agent for a number of professional athletes, including Alge Crumpler of the Atlanta Falcons and Greg Ellis of the Dallas Cowboys.
A burly man with a bristly mustache, Wilson worked for a few years as a Durham police officer in the 1970s before going into the private eye business. He quit that line of work in 1999 after receiving a half-dozen complaints; the last one caused the N.C. Private Protective Services Board to issue a reprimand.