JUDICIARY: Oversight

Last week in Los Angeles, a furiously embarrassed deputy county clerk delivered to the clerk of California's Supreme Court appeal papers in the case of Rush Griffin, 19-year-old Negro convicted of murdering a medical student. Delivery of an appeal ordinarily brings an automatic stay of execution. Last week's delivery was futile because, while his appeal was lying overlooked in the abashed clerk's files, Rush Griffin had been hanged.

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