How big a travesty was the Duke lacrosse team rape case? Really big!
Deep down in our hearts, we all, particularly those who think a lot about social justice, consider ourselves fair-minded people. But are we really?
Do our politics affect how fair a hearing we'll grant to those who, for whatever reasons, we may dislike or resent. That was certainly the case when three members of the Duke University's men's lacrosse team were accused of rape.
They were instantly convicted by many in the court of public opinion. The media went bonkers. Professors called for their heads. A prosecutor villified and indicted them. Duke University's president denounced them.
When it turned out that they had committed no crime -- indeed that no crime was committed by anyone -- they all walked away unscathed except the deceitful prosecutor.
He deserved punishment, of course. But what about the rest?
How could a fairly routine criminal investigation morph into a disaster that tarnished so many institutions, professions and people?
That's what a new book, "Until Proven Innocent," by K.C. Johnson and Stuart Taylor is about. Here's a review from The Wall Street Journal.