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.


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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