Witness to a Crime- Law & The Humanities

1. First, carefully read “The Lynching of Jube Benson” and either read “An Unbelievable Story of Rape” or listen to the accompanying 58-minute podcast “An Anatomy of Doubt.”1. As I mentioned in this week’s lecture,”An Unbelievable Story of Rape” (Links to an external site.)won a Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for Explanatory Reporting. Its accompanying podcast”Anatomy of Doubt” (Links to an external site.)and the 8-part Netflix seriesUnbelievable (Links to an external site.)are both equally powerful. The story is used by some law enforcement agencies in their training. What did you learn from this powerful report? What would you like law enforcement officials to learn from it? How do you think this story relates to the #MeToo movement?2. In “The Lynching of Jube Benson,” what are some of the ways that the characters misinterpret the evidence?  Do you see parallels in this story to any contemporary events?https://www.propublica.org/article/false-rape-accusations-an-unbelievable-storyhttps://www.propublica.org/article/listen-to-our-collaboration-with-this-american-life

 

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