The Law: The Hanrahan Indictment

The fusillade of police bullets that killed Chicago Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in 1969 created a controversy that has never abated. Last week the complex series of legal battles that ensued from their deaths finally suppurated with damaging political implications for the Democratic machine of Mayor Richard Daley.

A grand-jury presentment, suppressed since April, was at last made public. It charged that Daley's heir apparent, Cook County State's Attorney Edward Hanrahan, had conspired to obstruct justice by covering up for the police and interfering with the defense of seven surviving...

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