20.7.13

SACCO AND VANZETTI DID NOT DIE IN VAIN.

Their case came up in a review of Arthur Schlesinger's The Crisis of the Old Order.

I wonder if the Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn had their case, or similar popularly-inspired but legally dubious cases in mind in his recent reflections on the George Zimmerman acquittal.
Yes, Zimmerman had become a symbol for oafish racism and convicting him would have marked a symbolic victory in the struggle for justice, but the ugliest chapters in the history of our courts have been written when we’ve turned defendants into symbols and convicted them to satisfy the angry masses.
The contested territory today, with or without Our President's surprise appearance at Friday's press briefing, comes at the end of the column.
Yes, the story is vexing and sad, but it will only remain polarizing as long we keep looking back at it instead of looking ahead.
Unfortunately, the news and commentary of the past 24 hours appears to be polarized in ways that will keep the Regular Viewers watching.  I'm going to turn it off.

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