ITALY: Justice

Trials of former fascist officials are much alike. Most are depressing, for the trials are chiefly a formality for the record.

Most of the killers are foredoomed by their past and have the apathy of the doomed. But once in a while the bravado of a political prisoner creates drama. From Rome, TIME Correspondent William Rospigliosi reported one such drama: Into the courtroom of Rome's old uni versity, where students once faced examiners, strode Peter Koch (an assistant to Rome's chief of police Pietro Caruso), handcuffed but smiling. He took his place...

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