The Law: Justice Uncoiled

"A disgrace," said the Brooklyn district attorney. The judge heartily agreed, as he vacated the attempted-rape conviction. Thus last week George Whitmore, 28, was finally released from a Dickensian legal nightmare in which police, courts and prisons had entangled his life for nine long years.

In 1963 Janice Wylie, a Newsweek research assistant and niece of Author Philip Wylie, and her schoolteacher roommate, Emily Hoffert, were sadistically beaten and stabbed to death in their Manhattan apartment. Picked up eight months later for questioning about another crime, Whitmore, a black laborer, had a picture of a white girl on him...

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