Before and After the Central Park Jogger: When Legal Cases Become Social Causes

@article{Chancer2005BeforeAA,
  title={Before and After the Central Park Jogger: When Legal Cases Become Social Causes},
  author={Lynn S. Chancer},
  journal={Contexts},
  year={2005},
  volume={4},
  pages={38 - 42}
}
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