Trials: Under the Gun

Nineteen days after Negro Nihilist H. Rap Brown, 24, married Lynne Doswell, 22, a New York City schoolteacher, a federal judge gave the bridegroom five years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

The sentence resulted from a swing that Brown took last summer from New York to New Orleans and back again—toting a carbine. Maryland had just accused him of inciting a riot, and Brown was charged again under a rarely used U.S. law making it a crime to carry firearms across state lines while under indictment. In New Orleans federal court, a...

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