From page 43 of John Grisham’s latest novel, The Associate:
Each fleeting thought was chased away by the next, and he found it impossible to concentrate, to think rationally, to focus on what should and should not be said. Decisions made at this ugly moment could reverberate forever. For a moment he settled on the three Duke lacrosse players who were falsely accused of raping a stripper. They were eventually cleared of everything, but only after an excruciating trip to hell and back.
It’s reassuring, to put it mildly, that this Grisham passage reflects one element of the conventional wisdom on the case (along with the affair as a textbook case of prosecutorial misconduct and of faculty race/class/gender groupthink).
That said, imagine if only 10 percent of the country continues to believe the Wendy Murphy/Mike Nifong/Group of 88 version of events. That would be talking about 30 million people.