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A Rush to Injustice: How Power, Prejudice, Racism, and Political Correctness Overshadowed Truth and Justice in the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case Hardcover – June 5, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595551184
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,139,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nader Baydoun is a trial lawyer practicing with the law firm of Baydoun & Knight in Nashville, Tennessee.  Nader has more than thirty years of experience as a lawyer. He graduated from Duke University where he attended on a football scholarship.  He is also a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. His connections to Duke led him to follow the Duke Lacrosse rape case since the story broke. Nader and his wife, Barbara, have three children, Reagan, Joe, and Nick.

R. Stephanie Good, author of Law School 101: Survival Techniques from Pre-Law to Life as an Attorney, Exposed, and co-author of the New York Times best seller Aruba: The Tragic Untold Story of Natalee Holloway and Corruption in Paradise, received her B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She continued her education at Hofstra University School of Law in New York where she earned her Juris Doctor degree and an LL.M. in International Law.


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I majored in political science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where I graduated summa cum laude and was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa. I continued my education at Hofstra University School of Law where I earned my Juris Doctor degree and held the distinction of being the first recipient of the prestigious David Kadane Public Interest Fellowship. In addition, I later returned to Hofstra Law and earned an LL.M.(master's degree)in International Law. I am currently licensed to practice law in the State of New York and in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

I am a published author, having written "Exposed: The Harrowing Story of a Mother's Undercover Work with the FBI to Save Children from Internet Sex Predators" which was published in April 2007 by Thomas Nelson,Inc., and which chronicles my years of undercover work with the F.B.I. to identify and prosecute Internet sex predators who prey on children. I also authored "Law School 101: Survival Techniques from Pre-Law to Life as an Attorney" which was published in May 2004 by Sphinx Publishing, a division of Sourcebooks, Inc. "Law School 101" has a 2nd Edition entitled "Law School 101: How To Succeed in Your First Year of Law School and Beyond," which was released on June 1, 2009.

I also co-authored the New York Times Best Seller "Aruba: The Tragic Untold Story of Natalee Holloway and Corruption in Paradise," which was published in April 2006 by Nelson Current, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., and "A Rush to Injustice: How Power, Prejudice, Racism, and Political Correctness Overshadowed Truth and Justice in the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case" which was released in June 2007 and was published by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Rector on June 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a powerful book that is co-written by a gradate of Duke University who came to realize just how despicable the actions of both Duke administrators and faculty have been in the Duke Rape Hoax.

This book provides an especially powerful indictment of the maladministration of University President Richard Brodhead and quotes the following passage from a letter sent to Brodhead by a Duke alumnus:

"You are quoted as saying, `I embrace athletics at Duke.' My God, President Brodhead, if the way you treated those three players, the team, and the coach is your idea of an embrace, what do you do when you dislike someone or something?"

The above quote is well worth rereading and pondering.

Other insights from this book include:

*If all 46 members of the lacrosse team deny both doing anything wrong themselves and having any knowledge of any other player doing anything wrong, then the administration should have taken this as proof that nothing wrong happened. This reveals a shocking lack of common sense by the Duke adminstrators.

*The Group of 88 faculty members who ran a number of ads urging students to form opinions about the case based solely on race and class and forget about emerging facts about the case, are people who are committed to politics and not to justice.

*Prior to his indictment, Colin Finnerty was widely regarded by his friends and teammates as being the guy who was least likely to be prosecuted due to his being the nicest guy on the team.

*Wes Covington was interviewed for this book and told of Nifong's arrogant behavior. One day, an intern approached Nifong and want to shake hands with him. Nifong's response? To refuse the handshake on the grounds that, "I don't shake hands with interns.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Rucker on July 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Definitive and excellent review of what went on at Duke during the Lacrosse Rape Case. Confirmed my beliefs that actions of President Broadhead, Trustee Chairman Steele, and the Group of 88 professors behaved disgustingly and failed to support their students. Following the notice of innocence, none had the decentcy to offer any apology to the students and their families. What was once a proud part of my life in attending Duke is now full of shame for the school. The only way for Duke to start working back to being the school it once was is for all of the above named administration and the 88 faculty to resign.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dash Manchette VINE VOICE on August 19, 2007
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The raw facts of the Duke rape case are disgusting enough. As the authors, Nader Baydoun an R. Stephanie Good, point out, there were numerous holes in the case right from the get-go wide enough to drive a semi through and it is nothing short of obscene that the case proceeded as long and as far as it did. But it did proceed so far and three young men will carry the scars with them for life. One can only hope they have the mettle to not let it eat them up and instead use it to grow stronger.

As the authors point out, though, it was not merely the raw facts that were at issue in this twilight zone of a case. Many, many others simply had no concern for the guilt or innocence of the three young men and were more than happy to hang them out to dry in order to advance their own agendas. District Attorney Nifong simply wanted to be reelected and needed the black vote to do it. The Group of 88 had their own agenda driven by politically correct views of race, gender and athletics. The New Black Panthers are nothing more than a hate group which would not have cared less if blacks had raped a white woman instead (as indeed later events actually proved). The authors do a good job of painting these people for what they are.

What the authors miss, however, is the larger picture of campus life that makes an incident like this not only likely, but inevitable. How many times do you think students at Duke have heard feminists tell them that a woman needs to be believed when she says she was raped? Probably a lot.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fifty Pear on June 27, 2007
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This book requires a strong stomach to digest the insane way the Duke Three were treated by the administration and the group of Professors who are still at Duke. Wonderfully written with insight and style.
Would have liked more information as to how Dr. Brodhead was convinced to reinstate the program.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William R. Erwin on September 25, 2007
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I read this book in less than two days, it was so compelling - as, indeed, was It's Not about the Truth, a particularly accurate and damning title and book itself.

Mr. Baydour's account draws strength from his stance as a very loyal alumnus and a lawyer. He and Ms. Good have provided us many details in this well-written book that I had not digested heretofore. They have also zeroed in upon the overriding problems at Duke University and many other institutions as well: political correctness, the power of such groups, the silence of most others in the presence of political correctness (a national phenomenon), and the ideological and impenetrable fervor of its perpetrators, fundamentalist in style (The far right and the far left meet here in their intransigence).

To this picture I would add a long-time, widespread view that the University's hiring record for presidents has somehow not been as successful as one would want. For many of us there have been two really superb presidents: Dr. William Preston Few at the beginning and recently Governor Terry Sanford. The latter's operation in a tricky personnel/work situation I personally witnessed. He was a man of great breadth and savoir faire.

This view of the University's administration is not unique to this case. Again, it is widely bruited within and without that the managers, high and low, never make mistakes, never apologize, personnel need to be yes/persons or else no matter how expert they are, and, judging from the experience of the Lacrosse Team, expert groups are also expendable. Again, it is a national problem. Mr. Baydoun and Ms. Good have exposed some of these phenomena at Duke as have none other except the authors of It's Not about the Truth, and even more forcefully.
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