Hitting a Hitman

"Justice did not die "

When he was shot once in the back with a high-powered hunting rifle as he stood outside his San Antonio town house on the morning of May 29, 1979, U.S. District Court Judge John H. Wood Jr. became the only federal judge assassinated in this century. That single shot triggered one of the most extensive federal investigations and prosecutions in U.S. history. The three-year investigation cost $5 million. Last week the work paid off: after an eleven-week trial, a San Antonio jury found the Government's suspect, Charles Harrelson, 44, a twice-indicted and once-convicted contract murderer, guilty of...

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