The Law: A Mayor's Indictment

The mess at the Tombs lent special urgency to Mayor John V. Lindsay's impassioned speech before the ABA delegates in St. Louis. Stunned by the jail riots in his city and prodded by Chief Justice Burger's analysis of a crippled judicial system, Lindsay pleaded with the lawyers to help repair the archaic machinery of justice.

In an obvious swipe at the Nixon Administration, Lindsay dismissed the catch phrase "strict construction" and the tough talk of anticrime rhetoric. "No responsible lawyer or politician can abandon the fight to make law-and-order the rule of law that...

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