Case Not Proved

A Harlem youth is acquitted

On Harlem's mean streets, the brothers were exemplars of the community's abiding but often unrealized potential. Jonah Perry, 19, was a student at Cornell; Edmund, 17, was headed for Stanford after graduating with honors from New Hampshire's prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy. Yet on a spring night last year, only ten days after graduation, Edmund Perry lay fatally wounded, a police officer's bullet in his abdomen, and his brother Jonah was being sought. Plainclothes Officer Lee Van Houten swore he had been attacked by Edmund and another man, whom the police later identified as Jonah. Authorities claimed the brothers assaulted Van Houten...

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