ITALY: 1500 Years

One half of the bare whitewashed courtroom of Sciacca, Sicily, is taken up by three enormous cages of stout iron bars. On wooden benches inside the cages last week sat 178 scowling swarthy Sicilians, all soberly dressed. Scattered among the prisoners were a few self-conscious carabinieri fingering their white shoulder belts nervously. Entered the jury that had been deliberating for four days. "Guilty!" — in crisp official Italian, the judge pronounced sentences.

For a series of 43 terrorist murders, 15 of the prisoners were sentenced to life imprisonment, 109 others received sentences...

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