Courts: Should the Offended Try the Offender?

As editor of a crusading weekly back in the 1930s, New Mexico Newsman Will Harrison made so many enemies that he took to carrying a hunk of type metal for self-defense. Now that he has turned columnist in 16 Southwestern dailies, 13 weeklies and two monthly magazines, Harrison is still stirring up trouble so strenuously that Judge Paul Tackett of the state district court in Albuquerque has just hit him with a $250 fine and a ten-day jail sentence for contempt of court. While the punishment itself does not seem unbearably burdensome, the case has reverberated far beyond the borders...

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