Law: When Justice Costs Millions

The "bandits in Westchester" and other budget busters

The defendants arrive at the Westchester County courthouse every day in a law-enforcement caravan that starts 18 miles away. Entrances to the courthouse are blocked by concrete barriers to ward off Beirut-style truck-bomb attacks. Participants and spectators are screened twice by metal detectors before entering the eighth-floor courtroom. Outside there are armed police everywhere, seen and unseen.

The extraordinary new precautions are for the trial of self-styled Revolutionaries Kathy Boudin and Samuel Brown, who are charged with murder and robbery in the 1981 Brink's armored-car holdup. And if the security is awesome, so is the...

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