TRIALS: Dismissals at Kent State

The killing of four students at Kent State University in May 1970 was followed by what many people considered almost an equal outrage. A special grand jury exonerated the National Guard of any blame for the deaths while it returned indictments against 25 students and others for participating in the campus disorders. But later a U.S. district court judge ordered the grand jury's report destroyed, and last week 20 indictments still pending were dismissed for lack of evidence.

The strongest cases had come to trial first. Jerry Rupe, 23, was convicted of a misdemeanor for interfering with...

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