The Law: No Draft as Discipline

During the past three years, several hundred young men have been drafted in clear retaliation for turning in their draft cards to protest the Viet Nam War. Last week the Supreme Court delivered the latest decision in a series that has clipped the power of the Selective Service System to use the draft as a disciplinary weapon. Defying the draft law is still a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. What the court has now outlawed is a maze of additional "delinquency" procedures that have been used since World War I to enforce the...

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