Law: Open and Shut

Killer may go free because his lawyer let him confess

THE LAST KISS 'GOODNIGHT' blared the tabloid headlines in New York City last spring. The story told of a Queens high school honor student, three weeks away from graduation, who dropped off his date after a prom and then, while walking home, was shot to death on a quiet street. A week later, one of his three young assailants — Angel Claudio, a 16-year-old tenth-grade dropout — found a lawyer in the Yellow Pages and surrendered to police, admitting that he had accidentally shot the...

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