Phi Beta Cons

Valuable Contribution to the ‘Literature of the Wrongly Accused’

Jeffrey Rosen, a professor at George Washington University, writing in The New York Times, reviews Until Proven Innocent, a scathing analysis (as the book’s subtitle indicates) of Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case by Stuart Taylor Jr. and KC Johnson.

 

The authors condemn the “lynch mob mentality” not only of “rogue prosecutor” Michael Nifong (“evil or deluded or both”) but also that of members of the Duke faculty, the campus’s president, Richard Brodhead, and the media, including the biased reporting of The New York Times.

 

Rosen calls the book a “gripping” addition to the ranks of distinguished legal narratives about persons falsely accused and persecuted. 

Candace de Russy — Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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