Judith Clark, the former member of radical group the Weather Underground was surprisingly denied parole April 21.
Although she drove the getaway car in the 1981 Brinks robbery that left three people dead, Governor Andrew Cuomo had commuted her sentence, following The New York Times and others in praising her behavior as a prisoner.
During the more recent of the 35 years Clark has served (from a 75-years-to-life sentence for the attack in suburban New York) she has been studying Torah and meeting regularly with Rabbi Felicia Sol.
Cuomo’s spokesman made the point that he had given her the opportunity to make her case to the parole board. The board of three, all appointed by different governors, were unanimous in denying her parole. Though her one-time colleague Kathy Boudin was granted parole in 2003, Clark won’t be eligible for parole again until April 2019.
Jailed Jewish Radical, Judith Clark, Denied Parole
Dan Friedman is the director of content and communications at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Formerly the executive editor and whisky correspondent of the Forward, he is the author of an illuminating (and excellent value) book about Tears for Fears, the 80s emo rock band.