Crime and Punishment

In five cases, the judicial system yields interesting results

As the U.S. judicial system seeks to match crimes with punishments, it sometimes succeeds with sure-footed alacrity, sometimes fails entirely and sometimes, like a shaggy-dog story, just goes on and on. In five venues last week, the system offered up examples illustrating all of the above.

A RADICAL UNEXPECTEDLY RECANTS

Of the seven political extremists charged in connection with the $1.6 million robbery of a Brink's armored truck in New York's Rockland County in 1981, the most notorious was Kathy Boudin, a member of the violent Weather Underground during the late 1960s. Daughter of prominent...

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