Trials: Dissent and Dr. Spock

For the nation's antiwar and antidraft protesters, the decision rendered last week in Boston by the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals was a less than resounding victory. True, the court over turned the year-old convictions of Dr. Benjamin Spock and Harvard Graduate Student Michael Ferber on charges that they conspired to aid, abet and counsel draft registrants to violate the Selective Service law. Author Mitchell Goodman and Yale Chaplain the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, who were convicted on the same conspiracy charges, were granted retrials. From the dissenters' view point,...

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