Friday, August 22, 2003

3 Lives=22 Years

Kathy Boudin is getting out of prison. She's the former member of the Weather Underground who participated in the 1981 armed robbery that left a Brinks guard and two policemen dead.

Not surprisingly, Talk Left thinks her release is the right thing to do.

"For the parole system to have any meaning, Boudin should be paroled."

"We wish some of those objecting to her parole would think more about what it is like to spend 25 years in prison for a crime, and remember that she also was deprived of raising her son, Chesa now a Rhodes scholar."

Boudin herself has expressed her remorse in typical modern language:

"For the last 19 years I have lived in prison, quietly making a personal journey that has helped me to face the tragedy I am responsible for, understanding what allowed me to be involved, and building a new sense of life and what is worth doing."

These two articles in the Sun Times and NY Post are pretty good on the anti-parole case.

Interesting trivia: The mastermind of the robbery was Tupac Shakur's stepfather.

In this Boston Globe article, the writer describes Boudin merely as an "antigovernment activist".

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