Sweden: The Verdict Is a Question

The Verdict Is a Question

The decision left many Swedes more dissatisfied than ever with the bungled investigation of the February 1986 murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme. Last week a panel of judges found Carl Gustaf Christer Pettersson, 42, a former mental patient with a long criminal record, guilty of the slaying and sentenced him to life in prison. The court split 6 to 2, with six lay judges convinced that Pettersson gunned down Palme. But the two professional judges on the panel voted for acquittal.

Throughout the five-week trial, Pettersson, who had previously been convicted of more than 60 offenses, including the 1970 bayonet...

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