The Law: A Prisoner of Our Time

In the chaos of the Attica uprising last September, one of the most extraordinary characters to emerge as a convict leader was a scarred but eloquent West Indian named Herbert X. Blyden. Last week his lawyers appeared in a Manhattan federal court for a new round in Blyden's long battle to overturn his 1965 robbery conviction. TIME'S James Willwerth visited him in prison and reported Blyden's tale of his continuing war with the law:

"May I see your identification, please?"

He stands alone before the visitors' table, looking down with defiant, dark eyes. He...

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