The Day Budapest Shut Down

The last week of October began in Budapest with a three-day celebration honoring the 1956 uprising against Soviet occupation. It ended with three days of angry confrontation between a union of taxi drivers and the government over an official decree raising gas prices by 76 percent. Moscow had shut off …

In Gorbachev’s Courts

I recently visited the Soviet Union as a member of a Helsinki Watch mission investigating the current state of human rights there.[^1] In our official meetings we concentrated on the questions of emigration, psychiatric abuse, informal political activity, free speech,[^2] but I also wanted to find out how ordinary criminals …

Goetz on Trial

The criminal courts building on Centre Street in New York is not far from the Chambers Street station on the IRT subway. That subway stop is on the minds of a half dozen of us—Judge Stephen Crane, lawyers for both sides, a reporter, a court reporter, and myself—as we encounter …