The Law: Nixon's Hard Line

Having worked "to achieve a lasting peace in the world," President Nixon served notice last week that he has turned to the task of gaining "peace in our own land." It was time, said the President, for an escalation in the war on crime. Devoting the sixth of his series of State of the Union messages to the criminal-justice system, Nixon claimed that "dramatic progress" had been made in his first four years. That, he said, proved the merits of his philosophy "that the only way to attack crime in America is the way crime attacks our people—without pity."

Some of his...

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