The Real Story of Lawrence v. Texas

As I get older, I find that when it comes to things legal it’s getting harder to be astonished.  But I was amazed to read the account in The New Yorker about Dale Carpenter’s new book on the factual background and litigation history of Lawrence v. Texas.  I had no idea that the reality of the case was so different from the impression given by the opinion, and I’m eager to read the book, which you can find here.

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2 Responses

  1. Gerard Magliocca says:

    Sorry. I’m not sure why the comments were closed on this one.

  2. JoeJP says:

    Good book.

    The New Yorker review provides the “spoiler” but the brief facts in the opinion are not totally off base. The opinion doesn’t say they had a relationship. It was Lawrence’s home. Though he made clear he didn’t think the police should be there, there seems to be an agreement they had a legal right to be to investigate the (false) report. They did spend overnight in jail, one of them in effect in the drunk tank, for something that resulted in a $200 fine.

    The officers did claim they were having sex. The big tell is the truth about that fact. But, it wouldn’t be the first time someone accepted a plea of nolo contendere even though they very well might not be guilty.