Former radical now university lecturer

April 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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NEW YORK, April 2 (UPI) -- A 1980s-era radical who spent 22 years in prison for a violent armed robbery now teaches at two prestigious universities in New York City, officials say.

Kathy Boudin was a member of the Weather Underground when she acted as the getaway driver for an armed robbery in October 1980 in New York state in which two police officers and a Brinks guard were killed, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Boudin, now 69, was paroled in 2003 and this year was named the Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School.

She teaches about issues facing convicts and their families after someone is released from prison. Last month, Boudin presented a lecture there on "the politics of parole and re-entry."

She also is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of Social Work.

The widow of one of Boudin's victims in the deadly robbery was angered by the former radical's transformation into respectability.

"She doesn't deserve anything, nothing at all," said Josephine Paige, 74, whose husband Peter was gunned by Boudin's accomplices from the Black Liberation Army. "I think she should be back in an institution."

Marianne Yoshioka, associate dean of Columbia School of Social Work who hired Boudin in 2008, praised her as an excellent teacher "who gets incredible evaluations from her students each year."

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