Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case
Thomas Dunne Books
On Sale: September 4, 2007
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What began that night shocked Duke University and Durham,
And it continues to captivate the nation: the Duke
lacrosse team members‚Äė 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 Innocent is 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‚Äės 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
villains‚ÄĒand in its full telling, it is captivating
nonfiction with broad political, racial, and cultural
relevance to our times.
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