Speaking of Mike Nifong, USA Today carried an op ed piece on the disquieting lessons from this case. “The Duke lacrosse case serves as a cautionary tale about the damage a combustible mix of sex, race, class, politics and overheated media coverage can wreak.”
At their news conference Wednesday, the young men said the experience had opened their eyes to the fact that innocent people in America can be railroaded. Seligmann said it exposed him to “a tragic world of injustice I never knew existed.” And they acknowledged that without talented and expensive lawyers, they might well have ended up spending 30 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.
The barrier between blind justice and judicial thuggery is precariously fragile — even in America.