Killer Narc Eludes

Facing a California murder rap for killing a suspected dealer in 1973,D-man Lloyd Clifton recendy was set free under a precedent that forbids a state from prosecuting a federal agent for an "alleged ciime committed widiin the scope of his duties."

Suspect Dirk Dickensen ran like hell, when a copterful of narcs landed on the front lawn of his remote northern California home. During the charge, one of the feds tripped and fell. Clifton, assuming his partner had been shot, gunned down the fleeing Dickensen. The judge decided it was not necessary that Clifton's shot be justifiable, as long as he thought it was at the time.

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