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Something Stinks in Justice Department
October 5, 1972
This October 5, 1972 op-ed article published in the Greensboro College student newspaper, The Collegian, points out the differential treatment of US soldiers between a convicted white murderer and an arrested black defendant in Vietnam. Private Billy Smith (a 24 year-old black G.I.) was arrested in connection with the murders of two officers. The article notes that only circumstantial evidence against Smith, who was subjected to solitary confinement for nearly fourteen months. The author contrasts Smith's treatment with that of a white man (Lt. William Calley) convicted of twenty-two murders, but was allowed to live in a four bedroom house and had full visitation rights.
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