The Law: A Different Conspiracy

The incident was familiar enough. A milling crowd of demonstrators, a stone thrown through a glass door, an angry scramble with authorities that led to the arrest of ten people by federal agents. The catchall charge—conspiracy, along with various related offenses —was not unprecedented either. But it was conspiracy with a difference. Far from being yippies or antiwar militants, the defendants were middleaged, middle-class white-collar citizens, and the cause of their anger was the Internal Revenue Service. In December, the San Diego Ten, as they would doubtless prefer not to be known, were...

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