INDIANS: Over the Brink

"I guess this has been a bad year for justice, a bad year," said U.S. District Judge Fred Nichol, 62. At the very least, it had been a bad eight months as Nichol presided in his St. Paul, Minn., courtroom over the trial of Indian Leaders Dennis Banks, 42, and Russell Means, 34, on charges stemming from last year's 71-day armed occupation of Wounded Knee, S. Dak. After Means called a witness a "liar," Nichol cited him for contempt; later he threw Defense Lawyers Mark Lane and William Kunstler in jail overnight for...

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