Decisions: Patently Wrong

The time, trouble and money involved in taking a case to court often turn a petitioner white with anger and blue with frustration. If the whole enterprise takes an unconscionable length of time, is there no recourse? Too often, there is not. But in a recent decision, U.S. District Court Judge Marvin E. Frankel ruled that there are times when delay can be clearly illegal. His decision was largely an eloquent lecture on the abuses of administrative power.

When New York Customs men put the arm on twelve questionable books mailed from France (sample titles: Sodom, Lust, Busy Bodies') and...

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