ITALY: Mafia Scotched

Twelve harassed Sicilians wrangled for 72 hours, last week at Termini Imerese, weighing the testimony of 500 witnesses, digesting a judge's charge which covered 6,000 legal points. The jurors finally delivered a blanket verdict: "Guilty."

Soon prison sentences totaling more than 2,000 years were imposed upon 147 culprits. All had been leading members of the dread, famed Mafia, a bandit gang once more potent in Sicily than the Italian Government. Seven of the condemned were sentenced to life imprisonment, others to sentences scaling down from 30 to 3 years. At Rome, the Fascist...