THE LAW: How Terrible Was Roger?

Labyrinthine beyond all final mapping are the convolutions of history. Nothing stays put. It was once settled, apparently, that Ivan the Terrible was terrible, until in 1945 Sergei Eisenstein's movie "proved"' that Ivan's epithet merely meant that he struck terror into the hearts of his father land's dastardly enemies. But if Ivan was only questionably terrible, what of Roger ("The Terrible") Touhy? Here, surely, was solid ground. A nation that could trust neither czarist nor Soviet historians must be able to trust the rewritemen on its own Chicago newspapers in the '20s.

Yet last week U.S. Federal District Judge John P....

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