Second: The unevenness of the law. As Robbins reveals, another who was indicted and was directly guilty of murder, the mastermind Mutulu Shakur, received a 60 year sentence and is eligible for parole in 2016 — not the date of 2056 when Clark is eligible. Bill Clinton, as I noted in my previous article, released by executive clemency both Silvia Baraldini and Susan Rosenberg, neither of whom have apologized in any way. In fact, they remain proud of their involvement with terrorist “radical” organizations. Two wrongs do not make a right. One informed person e-mailed me he suspects that Clinton pardoned Rosenberg because Rep. Jerrold Nadler belonged to a temple that was waging a campaign to free Rosenberg, and that the president owed him something for Nadler’s defense of him during the impeachment proceedings.
Nevertheless, most murderers including those in the Brink’s action get something like 25 to 30 years to life; clearly, Clark’s much stiffer sentence stemmed from the antics she displayed during her trial, and her rhetoric that she believed that the court was made up of “fascist dogs” and that “revolutionary violence is necessary, and it is a liberating force.” The stiff sentence was put on her by the judge because of that rhetoric. Clark did not use radical lawyers to strike a deal and get out early, as did her cohorts. But one can still argue that her sentence was excessive compared to those made against the others just as or more guilty than Clark. I do not believe that courtroom rhetoric should get the response of a harsher sentence.
Third: What Judith Clark is most vulnerable on, and what Tom Robbins did not ask her about, is her violent past with the May 19th Communist Organization. The Black Liberation Army, which they supported, killed a guard and two police officers. They were probably responsible for other actions in past years. As Horowitz points out in as yet unpublished article, May 19th was picked as their name for the birthday of both Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X, as well as being the date that the BLA murdered two cops in Harlem, one white and one black. The group also helped free the convicted cop killer JoAnne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, whom they broke out of prison and who has since fled to Cuba, where she now lives.
I agree with Horowitz that these radicals are part “of an ongoing community of political radicals” who try to conceal their agenda through playing the victim, and always pointing out how they only want “social justice,” the term through which they hide their actual goal of communist revolution. They are anything but the noble idealists the Times paints them out to be.