THE LAW: We Want Them Accountable

On March 9, 1953, Mrs. Clarice Covert, an American citizen who had accompanied her U.S. Air Force husband on his assignment to Britain, told a psychiatrist that she was "just going to explode." Next day she exploded: she hacked Master Sergeant Edward Covert to death with an ax as he lay sleeping in their Heyfort home.

Under a previous agreement with the U.S. applying to crimes by civilians with the U.S. Armed Forces, Britain had waived its right to try Clarice Covert in its civil courts. She was sentenced to life imprisonment by a U.S. Air Force court-martial which acted...

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