Law: The Heated Question of Parole

Who should decide when inmates ought to be set free?

Investigating a report of a stolen moped, New York City Police Officer Thomas Ruotolo approached a man to question him about the scooter he was riding. Suddenly the man pulled a gun and started firing. Ruotolo was killed, and two other officers were wounded. When he was arrested hours later, the accused assailant, George Accosta, 24, turned out to be on parole from a manslaughter conviction; that parole had not been revoked despite a subsequent conviction and a three-month jail term for criminal mischief....

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