North Carolina officials have not yet made a decision on whether to drop sexual assault and attempted kidnapping charges against three Duke University lacrosse players, according to the North Carolina attorney general's office.
Inside Lacrosse Magazine writer Paul Caulfield told FOX News on Thursday that several sources have revealed to him that the assault and attempted kidnapping charges still pending against Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y.; Dave Evans, 23, of Bethesda, Md.; and Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Falls, N.J., will soon be dropped.
Caulfield said his sources include more than just attorneys for the defense.
"There is no case here and they will be hearing a dismissal in the coming days," Caulfield told FOX News.
But Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper, told FOX News that there are no plans to make any announcement on the case this week. But the announcement could come at any time, she said, and is at the discretion of the attorney general and the special prosecutors who took over the case from Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong.
"Our review of the case, including reviewing documents and conducting interviews, is continuing," Talley said. "[A] decision hasn't been made. ... We expect our review of the case to wrap up within the next few weeks and ... no announcements about the case by our office have been scheduled."
Meanwhile, the family of the woman accusing the players of sexual assault told FOX News that the accuser has been called to the special prosecutor's office. The accuser "just wants this to be over," family members said.
Nifong last year indicted the three former players on charges of raping an exotic dancer hired to perform at an off-campus lacrosse party on March 13, 2006. The dancer, who is black, claimed that she was sexually assaulted in a bathroom in the house by three white lacrosse players. DNA was taken from all members of the university lacrosse team, except for the single black player on the team. DNA tests never conclusively proved that anyone on the team assaulted her. But DNA from other individuals was found in the accuser's underwear, among other places.
The case caused a firestorm of racial tension in a community. Lacrosse coach Mike Pressler essentially was fired, and last year's spring season was canceled. Seligmann and Finnerty were suspended (Evans had already graduated by the time the story came out), and Duke began a rigorous review of policies dealing with alcohol on and around campus.
As the months went on, the story of the accuser — a 28-year-old student at North Carolina Central University — continued to change. When she acknowledged late last year that she could not be sure if she actually was raped, Nifong dropped the rape charges against the three players. The players had claimed their innocence all along, calling the charges "fantastic lies."
Nifong is now facing ethics charges from the state bar association from, among other things, concealing evidence that defense lawyers claim could have proved their clients' innocence.
There have been rumors that the families of Finnerty, Seligmann and Evans may be considering civil lawsuits against Nifong, Duke or the state if it turns out the accuser's story doesn't pan out and Nifong is found to be guilty of mishandling the case.
"This is something that will wait in the wings. Once the criminal case is dropped, we are going to see this, and I believe we'll see it quite quickly," said Caulfield, a former prosecutor.
Nifong faces a June 12 trial date on ethics charges stemming from his handling of the case.
The North Carolina State Bar has charged Nifong with several violations of rules governing professional conduct, including withholding evidence from defense lawyers. He's also accused of lying to the court and to bar investigators, and making misleading and inflammatory comments about the players.
Legal experts have said Nifong could be disbarred if he's convicted. While Caulfield said he's not sure if that will happen, he said he wouldn't be surprised if the district attorney were suspended from practicing.
"We're going to see the tables turned on Mike Nifong in the media and in the courtroom because he still continues to defend his name," Caulfield said.
FOX News' Megyn Kelly and Liza Porteus contributed to this report.