Let’s begin this story with Judith Clark’s victims.
Nyack Police Sgt. Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly Brown and Brinks guard Peter Paige The picture above is not of Clark, but of two of her victims. They deserved to be remembered. The only thing Clark ever deserved was the chair or a noose.
They are now, not only Clark’s victims, but the victims of Governor Cuomo, Justice Kelley and of the Democrat Party.
Let’s also begin with the time. Not the sixties or the seventies. But 1981.
Judith Clark, a leftist terrorist, had long been a cause of the Left. Especially the New York Times. Which, after some setbacks, triumphantly broadcast the news that its murderous comrade had been granted parole.
First, Governor Cuomo, who supports murdering babies and police officers, cut her sentence in half.
A story from last year showed clearly how lefties had abused the judicial system to put their red thumbs on the scale.
In April, state Supreme Court Justice John Kelley granted her a new hearing. Kelley’s decision came after Clark’s attorneys argued the parole board violated the law by ignoring her rehabilitation in prison and denying her letters and documents for her hearing.
Kelley found the parole board “acted arbitrarily and capriciously” by giving more weight to the horrific nature of the triple murder and robbery at the expense of Clark’s record of rehabilitation.”
Who cares about the victims when you can instead listen to stories of Clark’s bleeding heart for the people whose blood the leftist doesn’t have on her hands. Now the final act of the drama has come with Clark getting parole against every decent and legal impulse.
Front Page Magazine’s Joseph Klein discussed the Clark case.
he Weather Underground, who robbed a Brink’s armored truck in Nanuet, New York. Clark, who did not pull the trigger herself, was the driver of one of the getaway cars. Her partners in crime killed a Brinks guard, Peter Paige, in the course of the robbery. They also killed the two police officers, Waverly Brown and Edward O’Grady, who had attempted to stop the getaway vehicles on the highway. Clark was captured after she crashed one of the getaway vehicles. Just before her arrest, according to the 2008 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denying Clark’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus, “police saw Clark reach for a nine-millimeter pistol on the floor of the car.”
During the two years Clark waited for her trial on felony murder charges, she remained as defiant as ever. In court, she called the court officers “fascist dogs.” She described herself as an “anti-imperialist freedom fighter,” who refused to accept the legitimacy of the court. She declared that she was involved in “a just struggle for national liberation by New Afrikan forces and New Afrikan people” and was fulfilling “the responsibility of white anti-imperialists to give support to that at every level.” She and two other defendants filed a motion seeking to be accorded “prisoner of war status” because their criminal prosecution was “an international dispute” related to “the wars of liberation.”
In her closing argument that Clark delivered to the jury, she called the court “a tool of imperialist rule.” She added: “The D.A. calls what happened on October 20, 1981, a robbery and murder. We say it was an attempted expropriation because revolutionary forces must take from the powers that be to build their capabilities to struggle against this system…Revolutionary violence is necessary and it is a liberating force.”
I couldn’t do better than to close with a David Horowitz article on Clark.
Clark was part of a group that called itself “The Family,” which was a working alliance between the Black Liberation Army and the May 19th Communist Movement (so-named in part to commemorate the day the BLA murdered a black and white police team in New York for no reason other than that they were a black and white officer working together).
The May 19 gang was mainly women (among them Boudin, Clark and Susan Rosenberg) who served as the getaway team for the BLA in a string of bank robberies in which people were killed. One attempted assassination of a New York judge was unsuccessful. All these crimes were committed in the name of the revolution, which in the perverse eyes of progressives like Judy Clark, justified them. The Family had also sprung a cold-blooded killer — Assata Shakur — from federal prison. Clark’s role in the May 19th organization was not the beginning of her criminal career but its fulfillment. Previously she had spent 7 years as one of the most fanatical members of the Weather Underground, helping to conduct many bombings and kill at least three people, and probably also two police officers whose deaths are still under investigation.