The Law: Attica Verdict: Guilty

Despite its bloody, passion-inciting origins, the six-week trial had been surprisingly subdued. Few spectators were on hand; until the end, the press was all but absent. Only last week did Room 303 of the Erie County courthouse in downtown Buffalo begin to fill. Representatives of the Six Nations Indian "family" occupied one row in the spectators gallery. Sketch artists and television reporters craned for a better view. Defense Attorneys Ramsey Clark and William Kunstler and their young convict clients sat at an L-shaped table scarcely five feet from Chief Prosecutor Louis Aidala. Sheriffs'...

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