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The Guardian Blogger Behind the Duke Lacrosse Story

These days, the wrongfully accused don't need a guardian angel as much as a guardian blogger. And it seems that the recently exonerated Duke lacrosse players accused of rape found a guardian blogger in Brookly College professor KC Johnson, profiled in this article, Midnight blogger exposes a scandal (4/16/07). Johnson, who provided a blow-by-blow account of the Duke lacrosse rape scandal at his blog, Durham in Wonderland, helped uncover various irregularities and misconduct that eventually played a role in the dismissal of case against the Duke students.

According to the article, the blog became an invaluable tool for the students' lawyers involved, said James Cooney, the lead lawyer for one of the three accused. For example, Johnson's blog showed that the photo identification procedures used by DA Mike Nifong were "wildly irregular" after contacting every district attorney in North Carolina as well as 10 police departments. And Johnson also discovered that a woman working on Nifong's re-electrion campaign had supported burning down the house where the alleged rape took place.

Now with the case over, Johnson will wind down his blog in June. And as with many bloggers, he'll be writing a book along with Stuart Taylor of The National Law Journal about the incident. What a testament to the power of the blog.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 16, 2007 at 06:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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