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Dear Sirs;

harvard is not so surprised at the leniency of the Bennett Ryan sentence. The writer of Yesterday's editorial has obviously failed to appreciate the spirit with which the sentence was imposed. It was no intended as a punishment but rather as a technicality of the law which had to be pursued under the circumstances. The judge realized that not only was the publicity, which the case has received, enough punishment but also that the very nature of the accident was enough to have more effect on anyone than a jail sentence.

This was not a criminal to be dealt with. This was not a case for the house of correction. Here was an upright and respected student who was the victim of an unfortunate accident, written up in Boston's scandal mongering, anti-Harvard, publicity minded papers and dealt with in a most twisted and warped fashion. To a casual reader, it would appear that here was a modern Dillinger and not an unfortunate victim of circumstances.

Surely then enough trouble ahs been caused without the Crimson berating Judge Green for a sentence which seems, under the circumstances, to be just and dealt with in the best possible manner under the worst possible conditions. A. S. Blodget '38


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