THE SUPREME COURT: A Need for Finality

One June day in 1953 Ray Cahill, a $75-a-week brakeman for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, was sent out to flag traffic along a stretch of track that runs down the middle of busy U.S. Route 1 in New Haven, Conn. Out of the traffic line lurched a truck. It pinned Brakeman Cahill against a railroad car, crushing his back. At that moment began a legal trail that twisted and turned until, last week, it became a national issue.

Contending that the railroad had not given him proper instructions before...

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