Feminist Freed

Foat triumphs in court

It is the sort of ghastly hallucination that countless women have: one day, the long-buried secrets of a misguided, misspent youth are dug up, dusted off and flung into full public view. But in Ginny Foat's case it was all too real, and far worse. Along with revelations about her barmaid-and-battered-wife past, Louisiana police dredged up a warrant for the robbery and murder of an Argentine businessman near New Orleans 18 years ago.

Foat, a former president of the California chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), was accused by her alcoholic ex-husband John Sidote, a convicted murderer....

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