Books: Crime and Punishment?

COURTS OF TERROR: SOVIET CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND JEWISH EMIGRATION by TELFORD TAYLOR 187 pages. Knopf. $6.95. $1.95 paperback.

Alexander Feldman from Kiev was sentenced to 3½ years in a Soviet labor camp. The charge: knocking a cake out of a woman's hands and addressing her obscenely. Pinkhas Pinkhasov, a carpenter from Derbent, received a term of five years. The charge: overcharging for his services. Isaac Shkolnik of Vinnitsa in the Ukraine was sentenced to ten years in a labor camp for "systematically" collecting "espionage material about the Soviet Union with a view to selling it to Israeli intelligence." In none of these...