INVESTIGATIONS: A New Look at Kent State

To fix guilt for the fatal shooting of four students at Kent State University in May 1970 appeared to be impossible amid the polemic and passion of the time. An Ohio grand jury attempting to assay culpability in the confused events placed blame on Kent State students and administrators and exonerated the National Guardsmen who fired into the crowd of demonstrators. But in making its report, the jury exceeded its authority under state law, and its findings were judged illegal by a federal court; they were ordered expunged from the public record,...

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