The Law: The Fight to Sack Troy

When he was appointed a Boston municipal court judge in 1962, Jerome P. Troy, 55, had few credentials for the bench other than his record as a loyal Democratic Party functionary. Once he put on judicial robes, however, Troy seemed set for life.

But in the working-class South Boston community of Dorchester, where Troy sat, there was a growing feeling that the judge was becoming a local tyrant who dispensed a highly personal brand of justice. "Troy's heavy hand touches everyone in the community," said Donna Finn, a young mother and one of Troy's strongest critics. "If they haven't been in his...

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