Nation: Scottsboro Revisited?

An Alabama rape trial awakens old hatreds

Tommy Lee Hines, 25, was arrested last May when a woman stenographer complained that he had been peeping into her office window in Decatur, Ala. (pop. 43,000). In the patrol car, a policeman reminded the black prisoner of his Miranda right to a court-appointed lawyer, and Hines waived that right. The police then began questioning Hines about three unsolved rape cases. "How many women did you rape, two or three?" asked one officer. "Three," said Hines.

Last week Hines sat silent and motionless as he went on trial...

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