Contrary

Group of 88

Remember those clowns?

One of the biggest academic stories of recent years was the Duke lacrosse scandal, and one of its central exhibits was the rush to judgment by Duke faculty members who signed the notorious “Group of 88” statement two weeks after the allegations surfaced. As everyone knows, the case fell apart despite DA Mike Nifong’s efforts to railroad the accused.

Long before Nifong was disbarred, K.C. Johnson raised serous criticism about the Group of 88’s response, citing particularly the signers’ disrespect toward due process and their overheated, bullying, and illiberal reading of identity politics into the affair from the start.

Johnson doesn’t mention any signer of the document who has suffered one bit from its publication.

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June 4, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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