Milestones: The Telltale Bullets

Ordinarily, a man with a bullet embedded in his leg and another in an arm would be happy to have a doctor remove them free of charge. But for three months, James Lee Crowder, 18, has resisted all attempts to have the slugs removed. He claims that the surgery would violate his constitutional rights. According to police in Washington, D.C., Crowder has good reason to resist: the bullets might convict him of felony murder.

Crowder and a young woman allegedly tried to rob a Washington dentist in his office last December. When Crowder pointed...

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