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"Assault"

A federal judge is shot

In the sultry morning heat, U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr., 63, walked out of his San Antonio town house to drive to court. Suddenly a sniper's rifle shot rang out. Struck in the small of the back, he wheeled slowly around and collapsed. His wife Kathryn rushed to his side and found him dying. He was the first federal judge to be murdered since 1867.

Appointed to the bench by President Nixon in 1971, Wood had earned the title "Maximum John" because he handed out stiff sentences in the many drug cases in his district, which...

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