El Salvador: Enforced Justice

The U.S. presses for progress

The slim, soft-spoken waitress was on duty last January when it happened. Two gunmen suddenly appeared in San Salvador's Sheraton Hotel and shot to death Michael Hammer and Mark David Pearlman, two American labor lawyers, and José Rodolfo Viera, head of the country's controversial land-reform program. Despite the public nature of the killings, TIME Correspondent James Willwerth has learned that if the U.S. Government had not tracked down the waitress, bolstered her courage, persuaded her to testify and actively pressured the Salvadoran government, authorities would not have...

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