ITALY: Verdicts Against Anarchy

A tumultuous trial ends—and the killing continues

Not in recent times, if ever, had an Italian trial been conducted in such an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.

Less than a month after Renato Curcio, founder of Italy's notorious Red Brigades, and 45 other defendants were brought to trial in Turin in 1976 on charges of subversion and other crimes, Genoa Chief Prosecutor Francesco Coco was gunned down. One of the defendants announced in court that the murder was committed by brigatisti, and the trial was postponed. Then, shortly before the court was to convene...

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