Law: Burger Takes Aim at Crime

The Chief Justice blasts the "reign of terror" in our cities

The Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court's annual report to the convention of the American Bar Association is usually a businesslike survey of problems of court administration, touching on such issues as jurisdiction and clogged dockets. This year, however, was an explosive exception. When Warren Burger stepped to the podium at last week's A.B. A. meeting in Houston, he zeroed in on a single, highly charged topic—violent crime—and let loose a broadside at the nearly "impotent society" that had failed to come to grips with it. "Why do we show...

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