Gary Dobson and David Norris

The men who killed Stephen Lawrence went unpunished for 18 years--the same number of years their victim had lived. The black teenager was murdered in a racist attack at a London bus stop in 1993. Instead of chasing the white gang responsible, Scotland Yard officers on the scene interrogated one of Lawrence's friends. Investigators treated Lawrence's family with suspicion that shaded into hostility as his mother Doreen emerged as a powerful campaigner for justice. On Jan. 3, she finally secured what she called "some sort of justice": the murder convictions of Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, two members of...

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