The Law: Terrorism on Trial in Italy

The four men were herded into the dingy, second-floor courtroom of Milan's Palace of Justice—handcuffed in pairs and bound together by a dull iron chain. The lone woman defendant walked by herself under the guard of heavily armed carabinieri. Six jurors, headed by a middle-aged woman wearing a shiny new sash in the national colors of red, white and green, nervously took their oaths. Over the shouted objections of the defendants, the presiding magistrate appointed defense attorneys and the trial got under way.

Renato Curcio, 37, darkly bearded founder-leader of the ultraleftist Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades), and four confederates were on trial...

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