The Duke lacrosse players is an awful story about how three innocent men were persecuted by an abusive prosecutor and an academic and newsmedia lynchmob. They were, of course, innocent.

Rachel Smolkin of the American Journalism Review said: “The narrative was right, but the facts were wrong.” Hey, if narrative is wrong if the facts are wrong. But journalists are guided by their prejudices and bias.

KC Johnson wrote a new book summarizing the entire affair, Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case.

88 Professors at Duke University signed a petitions basically declaring the students guilty without a trial. The newsmedia was even less subtle.

When you hear about the media lynchmob, that’s an understatement. Facts didn’t matter – “journalists” like Nancy Grace declared them guilty without trial or evidence.

The stripper’s story defied the space-time continuum and continually changed her story. One thing the Non-Rape case did was reveal how widespread false rape charges are.

The NYPD collects good crime statistics showing there are around 4,000 rape accusations a year, of which only half of which really occurred. This cuts against the strange belief in academia that women never lie against rape.

KC Johnson covered the Non-Rape case and the newsmedia lynchmob tactics which weaken our justice system. This extends far beyond the Duke students. They were the rare brave ones who stood against the lynch mob rather than plea bargaining for an easier prison term.

He covered this from his blog, Durham in Wonderland.

Book Description:

What began that night shocked Duke University and 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 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‘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 villains—and in its full telling, it is captivating nonfiction with broad political, racial, and cultural relevance to our times.

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