I’ve used Dorothy Rabinowitz’s book, No Crueler Tyrannies: Accusation, False Witness, and Other Terrors of Our Times, for courses that I teach in legal history. An expansion of her Pulitzer Prize-winning commentary on the horrific justice associated with child care sexual assault hoaxes of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the work also has provided intellectual guidance for me in writing this blog.
Rabinowitz’s book shows that others, in a different corner of the American judicial system, involving different, but also preposterous, allegations of sexual assault, have confronted the kind of Kafkaesque form of justice that Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and Dave Evans have faced since April.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Rabinowitz explains the connection, in a brilliant column that appropriately rebukes the Group of 88, Richard Brodhead, the New York Times, and especially Mike Nifong. Here’s the link.