Monday, April 16, 2007
The case of three white Duke lacrosse players who were falsely accused of gang-raping a black exotic dancer has drawn national attention, but perhaps the most interesting coverage is from Harvard educated historian KC Johnson (not a lawyer or journalist). His blog, Durham-In-Wonderland, is widely accepted as one of the best sources of independent research and information about the case. For almost a year Johnson has been exposing the inept handling of the situation, both by the Durham County District Attorney (Nifong) and Duke University. In fact, his first post, on April 23, 2006, sites evidence which pretty much exonerates one of the three defendants, only 360 days before being officially declared innocent by the North Carolina State Attorney General. It's scary to think how cases like this play out for defendants of lesser means, who cant afford to combat rough district attorneys.