Digging Up Alton Maddox

Author, left, and Maddox, circa 1985: How will a seminal leader of the Black protest movement be remembered? Wilford Harewood

When the history books are written about confrontational African American defense attorney Alton H. Maddox Jr., his most rabid critics will accuse him of masterminding the assailable late 1980s hoax that 15-year-old Tawana Brawley was gang-raped by white men and left to die in a garbage bag of feces.

That, they will say, is his shameful and lasting legacy, bar none.          

But this longstanding badmouthing of Maddox may yet be relegated to the trash heap of history, as was the case

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