Seen & Heard

A selection of must reads about Dartmouth alumni making news around the world.
Ted Tapper ’61

Key Witness

Tapper was working in Philadelphia in 2011 when he treated a 17-year-old patient for a gunshot wound. The patient, C.J. Rice, was later convicted of an attempted murder that took place just a few days after he’d seen the pediatrician. Tapper testified in court: “The amount of pain that I saw him with and the inability to stand and get onto and off the table in my office on the 20th of September makes me very dubious as to whether he could walk standing up straight, let alone run with any degree of speed, five days after I saw him.” Still, Rice was convicted and sent to prison. 

In 2019, Tapper’s son Jake Tapper ’91 wrote about the case for The Atlantic, including more details from his father’s testimony and calling Rice’s conviction a miscarriage of justice. Both Tappers had corresponded with Rice while he was in prison. The younger Tapper concluded that “the court had appointed a lawyer whose attention was elsewhere and whose performance would prove dangerously incompetent.” That argument led to a big win for Rice on November 29, 2023, when a federal judge vacated his conviction. The Philadelphia district attorney’s office now has 180 days to either retry the case or drop the charges.

Portfolio

Alumni Books
New titles from Dartmouth writers (November/December 2023)
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Blogger Ray Padgett ’09 covers the covers.
The Secret Life of the Brain

Michael Gazzaniga ’61 divulges the inner workings of the human mind. 

Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82
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