The Law: The Game of Bail

The gunfight in a Manhattan steak-house left one plainclothes policeman wounded in the stomach, a bystander shot in the thigh and Joseph Gruttola on the run. Three more policemen chased Gruttola (who had been shot in the jaw), caught him and charged him with robbery and attempted murder. Then, to their indignation, the accused cop-shooter was released by Judge Bruce Wright on bail of just $500 in cash.

Mayor John Lindsay professed himself "dismayed"; Police Commissioner Patrick Murphy called the judge's ruling "a disgrace." Despite various legal maneuvers, however, Judge Wright held firm. "Bail is not a game of money to be...

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