Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Mr. Graham and the Reasonable Man

11/30/2017, 8:41:00 AM , duration(0:0:4)
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<p><em>This story comes from the second season of Radiolab's spin-off podcast, More Perfect. To hear more, subscribe <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolabmoreperfect/">here</a>.</em></p> <p>On a fall afternoon in 1984, Dethorne Graham ran into a convenience store for a bottle of orange juice. Minutes later he was unconscious, injured, and in police handcuffs. In this episode, we explore a case that sent two Charlotte lawyers on a quest for true objectivity, and changed the face of policing in the US.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>The key voices:</p> <ul> Dethorne Graham Jr., son of Dethorne Graham, appellant in <em>Graham v. Connor</em> <a href="https://www.essexrichards.com/attorneys/edward-g-woody-connette/">Edward G. (Woody) Connette</a>, lawyer who represented Graham in the lower courts <a href="http://www.beavercourie.com/lawyers/h-gerald-beaver-partner/">Gerald Beaver</a>, lawyer who represented Graham at the Supreme Court <a href="https://www.npr.org/people/131876588/kelly-mcevers">Kelly McEvers</a>, host of <em>Embedded</em> and <em>All Things Considered</em> </ul> <p> </p> <p> The key case:</p> <ul> <em>1989: <a href="https://www.oyez.org/cases/1988/87-6571">Graham v. Connor</a></em> </ul> <p> </p> <p><em>Additional production for this episode by Dylan Keefe and Derek John; additional music by Matt Kielty and Nicolas Carter.</em></p> <p><em>Special thanks to Cynthia Lee, Frank B. Aycock III, Josh Rosenkrantz, </em><em>Leonard Feldman, and Ben Montgomery.</em></p> <p><em>Leadership support for More Perfect is provided by The Joyce Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation.</em></p> <p><em>Supreme Court archival audio comes from </em><a href="https://www.oyez.org/"><em>Oyez®</em></a><em>, a free law project in collaboration with the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.</em></p>