Department of astonishing chutzpah, Richard Brodhead edition

In the wake of the now-debunked rape case against three lacrosse players, Duke University will establish a center devoted to justice and training lawyers to fight wrongful convictions, president Richard Brodhead said Wednesday.

Duke will invest $1.25 million over the next five years for the project at the law school, which will also expand its Wrongful Convictions Clinic and Innocence Project. The clinic and the Innocence Project investigate claims of innocence by the state’s convicted felons and raise awareness of problems in the criminal justice system.

Via the Associated Press.

Despite the case being such a travesty from the start — the prosecutor, Michael Nifong, was ultimately disbarred and ejected from office — Brodhead has become famous for stating the need for the accused students to be, quote, “proved innocent” by the criminal justice system, turning the whole American concept of “innocent until proven guilty” on its head.