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Weather Underground Terrorist Kathy Boudin Goes from Prison to Columbia Prof

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 2, 2013 @ 10:08 pm In The Point | 26 Comments

Unemployment may be hitting most Americans hard, but for the privileged lefty elite, there’s always a warm academic spot to nest in. Ordinary ex-cons have a hard time getting jobs. But that doesn’t apply to lefty terrorists like Kathy Boudin.

In 2003, Boudin got paroled.

When they reached the U-Haul, the terrorists abandoned their first vehicle and climbed into the back of the truck.  They didn’t expect to be seen by a sharp-eyed high-school student, who called the police. When one unit of four police officers spotted and pulled over the U-Haul, they could only see Boudin in the drivers seat.  She got out of the cab, hands raised.

Some accounts claim Boudin pleaded with the police to put down their guns, convincing them to drop their guard; others claim Boudin was silent, and the officers relaxed spontaneously.  In either case, one thing is clear – although Boudin knew the back of her U-Haul contained six heavily-armed robbers, she did nothing to warn the police.  Once their guard was down, six terrorists with automatic weapons burst out of the back of the truck, surprising the four police officers. A black police officer, Waverly Brown, was killed instantly. Just to make sure, one of Boudin’s gangster friends fired into him point-blank as he lay on the ground.

On August 20, 2003, two New York parole board commissioners Vernon C. Manley and Daizzee D. Booey — both African American — paroled convicted terrorist Kathy Boudin, who was serving twenty years to life for felony murder and robbery.  In 1981, as part of a joint action by the Black Liberation Army and May 19th Communist Organization, Boudin had participated in the hold-up of an armored truck in Nyack, New York, a botched robbery that left three dead – security guard Peter Paige and Nyack police officers Waverly Brown and Edward O’Grady. Waverly Brown was the first black hired by the Nyack police force.

In her parole hearing, Boudin — a veteran of the terrorist Weather Underground — claimed that she participated in the robbery because she felt guilty for being white. She told the commissioners she believed the crime would help ‘oppressed’ black people and advance the cause of ‘civil rights’.  The two black parole commissioners have not explained their rationale for releasing this self-styled revolutionary terrorist,

According to the August 23rd New York Times, the commissioners kept finishing Boudin’s sentences and summarizing her testimony for her. Daizzee Booey sympathetically suggested that Boudin take her experiences and ‘write a book’.  Booey’s other questions revealed more about her than Boudin; for instance, Booey asked the killer whether she got involved in the robbery because “she felt she had not done anything to validate her commitment to civil rights.”  Given this leading (and ridiculous) question, Boudin only had to reply “yes, I do think that’s right” to tell the commissioner what she wanted to hear.

And now Boudin, with blood on her hands, is a Columbia professor.

Former Weather Underground radical Kathy Boudin — who spent 22 years in prison for an armored-car robbery that killed two cops and a Brinks guard — now holds a prestigious adjunct professorship at Columbia University’s School of Social Work,

Boudin, 69, this year won another academic laurel — being named the Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School, where last month she gave a lecture on “the politics of parole and re-entry.”

Boudin’s status of perp-turned-prof outraged the widow of one of her victims, Brinks guard and dad of three Peter Paige, who was gunned down by her accomplices from the Black Liberation Army on Oct. 20, 1981, in Rockland County.

Boudin acted as a getaway driver in the heist.

“She doesn’t deserve a job at all,” said Josephine Paige, 74, when told of Boudin’s posts. “She doesn’t deserve anything, nothing at all. I think she should be back in an institution.”

Of the hundreds of students Boudin has taught, Yoshioka said, just three have expressed qualms about her criminal background, and only one “switched out” of a class because of those concerns.

One Friday, a criminal-justice conference at the school will feature keynote address by Angela Davis, another infamous radical, and later this month Boudin is scheduled to speak at Columbia Law School’s conference on child and family advocacy.

Here is how the Rose Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence Program gets selected.

The Program is endowed by Jill and Richard Sheinberg, Dale J. and Arthur Galston, and the estate of Joel Dolkart to honor the memory of Rose Sheinberg (’50).

Members of the Sheinberg Committee: Professor Alina Das (Lawyering Faculty), Atoosa Esmaili (2L),Elizabeth Jordon (3L), Leila Kang (2L), Emily Kenney (2L), Professor Sylvia A. Law, Professor Holly Maguigan, Sofia Reed (3L), and Taeva Shefler (3L), Professor Katie Tinto (Lawyering Faculty), and Jill Sheinberg (family).

Dr. Boudin is the Director of the Criminal Justice Initiative: Supporting Children, Families, and Communities based at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Kathy Boudin has been dedicated to community involvement in social change since the 1960’s. She works for transformation of the criminal justice system through education, activism, and research and has published widely in the areas of  education, parenting, women, health, and restorative justice. Dr. Boudin was introduced by her son, Chesa Boudin, who is currently working at the San Francisco Public Defender on a Liman fellowship where he focuses on the intersection between immigration and criminal law.


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