The Nation: The Qualities of Mercy

Small wonder that Donald Toner of South Windsor, Conn., chose to ignore the three dunning letters addressed to his wife by the state's department of transportation. Carline Toner was killed last October when her car collided with a garbage truck, and now the state, having determined that she was to blame, was demanding $34.15 to cover the cost of cleaning up the highway. When her widowed husband failed to reply, the state filed suit against Mrs. Toner in Windsor's small claims court. With that Donald Toner asked Attorney James Throwe to fight the claim—and Throwe simply released the story...

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