JUSTICE: A Loss of Faith

In May 1970, immediately after the killing of four students by National Guardsmen at Kent State University, the FBI began an extensive investigation that eventually filled some 8,000 pages. Last week Attorney General John Mitchell announced that the reports did not warrant "further action by the Department of Justice." Mitchell said that he agreed with the President's Commission on Campus Unrest that the shooting was "unnecessary, unwarranted and inexcusable." But he found no evidence of a conspiracy among National Guardsmen to shoot the students. Nor, he said, was there any "likelihood of successful prosecutions of individual Guardsmen. We...

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