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Media Meddlers is a provocative book that not only addresses one of the nation's most controversial murder cases, but also indicts a sacred institution— the media—for the way some of its members used the power of the First Amendment to turn justice into injustice. Seldom has there been written a book that so clearly exposes the abuse of freedom of speech.Early on the morning of June 17, 1966, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, then at the height of his career as a professional middleweight boxer, and his friend, young John Artis, walked into the Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, and blasted away with a shotgun and .32 caliber pistol, killing two men and a woman. Another man, shot through the head, miraculously survived.
Media Meddlers, Detective Vincent De Simone's inside account of the Lafayette Bar and Grill murders, concludes with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and John Artis returning to prison.Vincent DeSimone died in 1979, believing that the American justice system had won a decisive victory over the propaganda machine created by Carter, Bob Dylan and other celebrities, and the New York Times.In the years that followed the second trial, Rubin Carter found new supporters who became obsessed with his falsified version of events. His lawyers eventually found a sympathetic federal judge, Lee Sarokin, who overturned the convictions in 1985.