Italy: Manic Motives

The Pope's assailant gets life

A vile man of hate," summed up the public prosecutor. "We peered into his heart for a sign of humanity, even just a hint of repentance, but we found none." With that flourish of loathing, Nicolo Amato asked Rome's Assize Courts last week to condemn Mehmet Ali Agca, 23, to life in prison for shooting Pope John Paul II and two American tourists in St. Peter's Square on May 13. Agca's court-appointed lawyer, Pietro D'Ovidio, made no effort to establish his client's innocence, but tried to get him...

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