Thursday, December 28, 2006
Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson recount the absurdity and outrageousness of the Duke Rape prosecution. It is really quite shocking and many people should be very ashamed. To this day, one sees defenders of the prosecution.
Taylor and Johnson write:
It has been clear for many months that the rape claim is almost surely a lie. But not until the DA's dramatic dismissal last Friday of the rape (but not the sexual assault and kidnapping) charges did Mr. Nifong enablers such as the New York Times and Duke President Richard Brodhead begin distancing themselves from his oppression of three innocent young men. How can we be confident that the charges are false? Let us count the ways.
And then they detail the main problems with the case.
One cannot really ponder this case without thinking about Tom Wolfe's books The Bonfire of the Vanities and I am Charlotte Simmons. Wolfe's two books on the lies that so often drive identity politics and the absurdities of both academic politics and out of control prosecutors tell you all you really need to know about this case. It would be funny if it weren't so sad.