[sixties-l] Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin denied parole

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Date: Tue Aug 28 2001 - 17:52:32 EDT

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    Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2001

    Relief for some, sadness for others as Weather Underground member Kathy
    Boudin denied parole


    By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press Writer

    NEW YORK (AP) _ Passions are still strong among supporters and opponents of
    former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin, who was denied parole for
    her murder conviction in a 1981 armored car heist.
    "I'm just relieved," said Diane O'Grady, widow of police Sgt. Edward
    O'Grady, one of three men killed by the robbers. "I'm glad for everyone's
    sake that justice is being served and she's staying in."
    "It's a sad day for Kathy," Boudin's lawyer Leonard Weinglass said after
    Wednesday's ruling by the state parole board. "She was sentenced to 20
    years by a judge who sat on her case for 2{ years and knew all the facts,
    and she did her 20 years with honor. And for the system now not to keep its
    promise to someone who has been on exemplary behavior for two decades
    undermines respect for the law."
    Other residents of suburban Rockland County, north of New York City, where
    the robbery and subsequent shootout took place, were pleased with the
    board's decision to delay parole for at least two years.
    "We're convinced that justice was served," Sheriff Jim Kralik said. "The
    penalty requires much more than just a minimum of 20 years for a
    well-thought-out, well-planned murder of police officers and a security
    officer. It comes down to a very important question of redemption versus
    justice and penalty. We weren't interested in vengeance."
    Boudin, 58, is serving a 20 years-to-life sentence. She was part of the
    getaway team for six armed radicals who robbed a Brink's truck of $1.6
    million on Oct. 20, 1981.
    O'Grady and fellow Nyack police officer Waverly Brown were gunned down when
    the gang's truck was stopped at a roadblock in Nyack at an entrance to the
    New York State Thruway. Brink's guard Peter Paige had been killed during
    the robbery earlier that day.
    Parole officials, who interviewed Boudin at the Bedford Hills state prison for
    women in Westchester County where she has been held since 1984, said her
    release would "undermine respect for the law."
    Supporters argued that Boudin had turned her life around while in prison,
    working to help inmates with AIDS and earning a master's degree in adult
    Boudin, who had a year-old son when she was arrested, also developed a
    program on parenting behind bars and helped write a handbook for inmates
    whose children are in foster care.
    Norma Hill, who witnessed the officers' murders, testified against Boudin
    and later, as a prison volunteer, met and befriended Boudin, said she was
    "deeply disappointed" in the ruling.
    Still, Hill said, "I feel optimistic that she will make it the next time,
    and I will
    continue to support her."
    While the parole board noted her good behavior in prison, the officials also
    said that "due to the violent nature and circumstances" of the crime, "your
    release at this time would be incompatible with the welfare of society and
    would serve to deprecate the seriousness of the criminal behavior."
    Boudin had been considered a long shot for parole given the notoriety of
    her crime. Also, in New York only about 5 percent of inmates serving time
    for murder are paroled when they are first eligible.

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