The Law: Being Unbusted

When the police sent a 17-year-old girl tricked out with a hidden radio into the home of Literary Critic Leslie Fiedler, they heard enough talk about marijuana, they said, to have reason to move in and arrest half a dozen people. Two of Fiedler's sons, a daughter-in-law and two other young men pleaded guilty to possession of pot; they received fines or were placed on probation. Fiedler and his wife were convicted in 1970 of maintaining premises where marijuana was used; he got six months and she was fined $500.

A professor of English at the State University of New York at...

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