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

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Macmillan, Sep 30, 2008 - Law - 464 pages
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"A masterful examination of the pathetic rush to judgment in the Duke rape case." —John Grisham

The full story of the Duke Lacrosse case, by the authors who broke it

In this 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.
Until Proven Innocent is the only book that covers all five aspects of the case (personal, legal, academic, political, and media) in a comprehensive fashion. It is also the only book to include interviews with all three of the defendants, their families, and their legal teams. And now it includes an up-to-date epilogue detailing the aftershocks and conclusion of the case.
Taylor and Johnson's coverage of the Duke case was the earliest, most honest, and most comprehensive in the country, and here they take on the idiocies and dishonesty of right- and left-wingers alike, shedding new light on the danger of a cultural tendency toward media-fueled travesties of justice. The context of the Duke case has vast import, and in its full telling, it is captivating nonfiction with broad political, racial, and cultural relevance to our times.

"Taylor and Johnson have made a gripping contribution to the literature of the wrongly accused." —The New York Times Book Review

"Until Proven Innocent is a stunning book." —The Wall Street Journal

"Vivid, at times chilling . . . their most biting scorn is aimed at the ‘academic McCarthyism' that they say has infected top-rate American universities like Duke." —Newsweek

"A superb new book . . . a book that not only reads like a legal thriller, but also exposes deep problems with America's legal system and academic culture." —The Economist

 

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User Review  - SigmundFraud - LibraryThing

Shocking. the rush to find guilty by allegedly intelligent people is frightening. Tough to take but a must read. You will be ready to deep six political correctness after this book. Read full review

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User Review  - MarysLibrary - LibraryThing

A clearly written expose of the "rush to judgement" of some of the Duke faculty when three members of the lacrosse team were unjustly accused of rape by a stripper who was a part-time North Carolina ... Read full review

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Contents

DREAMS OF GLORY
1
AN UGLY SCENE DUKE MEETS DURHAM
16
SO MANY STORIES SO FEW INJURIES
30
POLICE BUILDING A CASE WITHOUT EVIDENCE
36
COPS IGNITE FIRESTORM DUKE RUNS FOR COVER
50
THE MOST DANGEROUS POWER ENTER NIFONG
77
THE DEFENSE FIGHTS BACK
90
ACADEMIC McCARTHYISM
103
FANTASTIC LIES
219
LACROSSE REINSTATED WITH DISRESPECT
236
TURNING THE TIDE
269
NIFONGS PYRRHIC VICTORY
285
THE CONSPIRACY UNRAVELS
301
DEFENDANT NIFONG
317
DISGRACE AND EXONERATION
332
NO ISOLATED CASE FROM DUKE TO DEATH ROW
356

POLITICALLY CORRECT SENSATIONALISM
118
RICHARD BRODHEADS TEST OF COURAGE
129
POLITICS TRUMPS LAW
152
BLIND INJUSTICE INDICTED AFTER PROVEN INNOCENT
173
NIFONG DEFEATS THE EVIDENCE
195
EXPERTS VINDICATE LAXERS DUKE HARASSES THEM
207
PRESUMED GUILTY FEMINIST OVERKILL
371
THE ASSAULT ON EXCELLENCE
387
A RECKONING
403
INDEX
431
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Stuart Taylor Jr. is a columnist for National Journal and contributing editor for Newsweek, writing about legal, policy, and political issues. A Harvard Law graduate, he covered legal affairs and the Supreme Court during eight years at The New York Times. He is a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution and was nominated by The New York Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his Supreme Court coverage and by National Journal for a National Magazine Award for his columns on the Duke case.

KC Johnson is a history professor at Brooklyn College and CUNY. He has written over 800 posts of news-breaking analysis about the Duke case on his blog and was a consultant to ABC's Law and Justice Unit for the case. The author of four books, he has a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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