x, 420 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Dreams of glory An ugly scene : Duke meets Durham So many stories, so few injuries Police : from disbelief to creativity Cops ignite firestorm, Duke runs for cover The most dangerous power : enter Nifong Politically correct sensationalism An academic mob A college president's test of courage Politics trumps law Blind injustice : indicted after proven innocent Nifong defeats the evidence Investigation vindicates team, Duke trashes it DA hides evidence, Evans fights back Lacrosse reinstated, with disrespect Nifong defies gravity Turning the tide Nifong wins election, proves his criminality Falling apart fast End No isolated case : from Duke to death row The rape of due process : feminist overkill Betraying their students : identity politics in higher education.
The saga of the Duke lacrosse team members' alleged rape of an African-American stripper and the unraveling of the case against them. Covering all five aspects of the case (personal, legal, academic, political, and media), journalist Taylor and historian Johnson argue that 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 sheds new light on the dangers of rogue prosecutors and police and a cultural tendency toward media-fueled travesties of justice, and has broad political, racial, and cultural relevance to our times.--From publisher description.