Until Proven Innocent Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of Duke Lacrosse Rape Case

ISBN-10: 0312384866

ISBN-13: 9780312384869

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What began that night shocked Duke Universityand Durham, North Carolina. And it continues to captivate the nation: the Duke lacrosse team members' alleged rape of an African-American stripper and the unraveling of the case against them. In this ever-deepening American tragedy, Stuart Taylor Jr. and KC Johnson argue, law enforcement, a campaigning prosecutor, biased journalists, and left-leaning academics repeatedly refused to pursue the truth while scapegoats were made of these young men, recklessly tarnishing their lives. The story harbors multiple dramas, including the actions of a DA running for office; the inappropriate charges that should have been apparent to academics at Duke many months ago; the local and national media, who were so slow to take account of the publicly available evidence; and the appalling reactions of law enforcement, academia, and many black leaders. Until Proven Innocentis the only book that covers all five aspects of the case (personal, legal, academic, political, and media) in a comprehensive fashion. Based on interviews with key members of the defense team, many of the unindicted lacrosse players, and Duke officials, it is also the only book to include interviews with all three of the defendants, their families, and their legal teams. Taylor and Johnson's coverage of the Duke case was the earliest, most honest, and most comprehensive in the country, and here they take the idiocies and dishonesty of right- and left-wingers alike head on, shedding new light on the dangers of rogue prosecutors and police and a cultural tendency toward media-fueled travesties of justice. The context of the Duke case has vast import and contains likable heroes, unfortunate victims, and memorable villainsand in its full telling, it is captivating nonfiction with broad political, racial, and cultural relevance to our times.
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List price: $27.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 9/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188

Robert David Johnson is Assistant Professor of History, Williams College.

Dreams of Glory
An Ugly Scene: Duke Meets Durham
So Many Stories, so Few Injuries
Police: Building a Case Without Evidence
Cops Ignite Firestorm, Duke Runs for Cover
The Most Dangerous Power: Enter Nifong
The Defense Fights Back
Academic McCarthyism
Politically Correct Sensationalism
Richard Brodhead's Test of Courage
Politics Trumps Law
Blind Injustice: Indicted After Proven Innocent
Nifong Defeats the Evidence
Experts Vindicate Laxers, Duke Harasses Them
"Fantastic Lies"
Lacrosse Reinstated, with Disrespect
Nifong Defies Gravity, with Help from Friends
Turning the Tide
Nifong's Pyrrhic Victory
The Conspiracy Unravels
Defendant Nifong
Disgrace and Exoneration
No Isolated Case: From Duke to Death Row
Presumed Guilty: Feminist Overkill
The Assault on Excellence
Epilogue: A Reckoning
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