NO CASTING OF STONES

AFTER HEARING HEART-WRENCHING TESTIMONY, A JURY SENTENCES SUSAN SMITH TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT

For the past three weeks in Union, South Carolina, each day dawned blistering and dry and ended sticky. But just as word swept through court last Friday afternoon that the jury was about to come back with its sentence in the Susan Smith case, rain began to fall. And as Smith stood before the judge to learn she had been spared the death penalty, thunder rumbled. Courtroom spectators moved their gaze from defendant to windows and back again. Then, as swiftly as it had begun, the storm was over. A few minutes later, when Smith was led back to prison, the...

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