Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas
A Book Event Featuring Author Dale Carpenter
CLE Credit Available
Monday, July 23, 2012
*Lunch will be provided.
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
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Los Angeles, CA 90071
“A real-life detective story that reveals the drama behind the scenes of a great Supreme Court victory for human rights.” – Linda Greenhouse
Flagrant Conduct 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.
Carpenter charts not only the careful legal strategy that Lambda Legal attorneys adopted to make the case compatible to a conservative Supreme Court but also the miscalculations of the Houston prosecutors who assumed that the nation’s extant sodomy laws would be upheld. Masterfully reenacting the arguments that riveted spectators and Justices alike in 2003, Flagrant Conduct reaches a point where legal history becomes literature, animating a Supreme Court decision as few writers have done. In situating Lawrence v. Texas within the larger framework of America’s four-century persecution of gay men and lesbians, Flagrant Conduct compellingly demonstrates that gay history is an integral part of our national civil rights story.
Dale Carpenter is the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He lives in Minneapolis.
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