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Former Radical Granted Parole in '81 Killings

Kathy Boudin, the former radical fugitive who pleaded guilty for her role in a 1981 armored-car robbery and shootout that killed a guard and two police officers in Rockland County, N.Y., was granted parole yesterday after 22 years in prison. Ms. Boudin, 60, had been denied parole in 2001 and again three months ago, when a state parole board ruled that her efforts to arrange programs for AIDS patients and mothers in prison as well as college courses for inmates did not outweigh “the serious and brutal nature” of her role in the crimes. But yesterday, two parole commissioners — not the ones who presided in May — decided that she should be freed. She will be released by Oct. 1, a spokesman for the State Division of Parole said, but her lawyer said he expected her to leave prison far sooner, perhaps within days. Ms. Boudin — who had graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and was the daughter of Leonard B. Boudin, a civil liberties lawyer whose clients ranged from Julian Bond and Paul Robeson to Daniel Ellsberg — had belonged to the Weather Underground, one of the most notorious revolutionary groups from the 1960’s. An offshoot of Students for a Democratic Society, it took responsibility for at least 20 bombings from 1969 to 1975. Its targets included Police Headquarters in Manhattan in 1970, the United States Capitol in 1971 and the State Department in 1975. Full Story

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