The Law: Rescuer in Red Velvet

William Geraway was about as buried as a live man can be. Convicted of murder in 1968, he was serving a life term hi the maximum-security prison at Walpole, Mass., without possibility of parole. The Supreme Judicial Court of the state had rejected his plea for a review. He was also in solitary confinement—voluntarily and indefinitely —because his testimony against alleged killers in two other trials had led to reports that mobsters were offering $50,000 to have him murdered. Geraway, 37, would probably still be in that deadend fix were it not for Steven Duke, a quixotic law professor from Yale...

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