The Law: One Very Bad Cop

More than any other policeman in Vermont, Paul D. Lawrence, 30, had a reputation in drug circles as one tough cop. In his six years on the drug beat, first as a state trooper and then on various local forces, Lawrence racked up some 600 drug convictions. He never failed to turn up incriminating evidence. Police and counterculturists agreed that his record was almost too good—or too bad—to be true. As it turned out, bad was the right word.

Big Drug Buster. Last week Governor Thomas Salmon was contemplating an extraordinary letter from Francis Murray, the Chittenden County (Burlington) prosecutor, asking him...

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