The Law: Toeing the Hard Line

Without Watergate to wallow in, it was probably inevitable that the nation would return to crime time. Last week President Gerald Ford, Attorney General William Saxbe, and FBI Director Clarence Kelley all went before the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police to toe the hard line and vow a further offensive against criminals.

Why refocus attention on murder and mugging just now? For one thing, crime statistics have resumed their frightening rise, and it is natural for politicians to sound irate about them during the fall campaign. The White...

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