Religion: The Trial of Benedetto

A Roman Catholic priest and a Roman Catholic judge collaborated last week in acquitting a man who killed his wife.

The man: Benedetto Gepponi, 68, an Italian laborer. In his youth he had journeyed to the U.S., but he did not make his fortune. After a while he came home and married an Italian girl. They settled in southern France, on the Italian border near Menton, where he grubbed out a living tending fruit trees and gardens. Nine years ago Benedetto's wife Maddalena had a stillborn child, and a year later the nervous shock led to a disease that paralyzed her legs...

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