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Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas by Dale Carpenter

Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas

by Dale Carpenter

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A 2012 New York Times Notable Book. "A real-life detective story that reveals the drama behind the scenes of a great Supreme Court victory for human rights." (Linda Greenhouse)

No one could have predicted that the night of September 17, 1998, would be anything but routine in Houston, Texas. Even the call to police that a black man was "going crazy with a gun" was hardly unusual in this urban setting. Nobody could have imagined that the arrest of two men for a minor criminal offense would reverberate in American constitutional law, exposing a deep malignity in our judicial system and challenging the traditional conception of what makes a family. Indeed, when Harris County sheriff's deputies entered the second-floor apartment, there was no gun. Instead, they reported that they had walked in on John Lawrence and Tyron Garner having sex in Lawrence's bedroom.

So begins Dale Carpenter's "gripping and brilliantly researched" Flagrant Conduct, a work nine years in the making that transforms our understanding of what we thought we knew about Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark Supreme Court decision of 2003 that invalidated America's sodomy laws. Drawing on dozens of interviews, Carpenter has taken on the "gargantuan" task of extracting the truth about the case, analyzing the claims of virtually every person involved.

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  • Published: June 2013
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: F062049
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