Law Enforcement: An Unlikely Postscript

Late one night in 1978, a few minutes after two Massachusetts policemen stopped and then waved on a drunken driver, he smashed into a car, killing 20-month-old Misty Jane Irwin and her young father; the drunk died too. Civil justice in the case was meted out last year, when a jury ordered the town of Ware (pop. 8,953) to pay Widow Debbie Irwin, now 25, $873,697 for the negligence of its policemen.

Irwin, now an official of the central Massachusetts chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, was back in court last week for the first time since the...

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