Duke Lacrosse Lessons

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It was a travesty: crude, privileged white-boy lacrosse players at Duke, raping a black woman for kicks. And then it was a different travesty: innocent young men railroaded by a politically-ambitious prosecutor, and a public too willing to believe.

Race and class stereotypes turned on their heads and unleashed with a vengeance. A media machine and academic critics ready to send innocents to prison for years. That case is not closed.

This hour, On Point: the lessons of the Duke no-rape story from the author of a scathing new book, the faculty, and the coach who was sent packing.Guests:

Stuart Taylor, co-author of "Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case" and columnist for National Journal.

Bob Ashley, editor of The Herald Sun in Durham, North Carolina.

James Coleman, law professor at Duke University and chair of a faculty committee on the lacrosse team incident.

Mike Pressler, former Duke University lacrosse coach, co-author of "It's Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case and the Lives It Shattered," and now coach at Bryant University.

This program aired on September 19, 2007.


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