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No Heroes, No Villains

No Heroes, No Villains
Author: Steven J. Phillips
ISBN 13: 9780394725314
ISBN 10: 39472531
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 1978-02-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $13.95

On June 28, 1972 in a South Bronx subway station, John Skagen, a white off-duty policeman on his way home, suddenly and without apparent provocation, ordered James Richardson, a black man on his way to work, to get against the wall and put his hands up. Richardson had a gun, and the two exchanged shots. In the melee that followed, Skagen was fatally wounded by a cop who rushed to the scene. In the ensuing trial, William Kunstler handled Richardson's defense and the author of this book, then assistant district attorney, prosecuted the case. Here is a first-hand, behind-the-scenes account of every step of the proceedings.