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February 22, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His bodyguards long ago decreed that in violent Palermo there is only one bar in which anti-Mafia magistrate Giuseppe Ayala can safely take his midmorning espresso: on the ground floor of the main courthouse in the Sicilian capital. It was there one morning this week that Ayala unexpectedly found himself standing beside fellow coffee drinkers Pietro Senapa and Salvatore Rotolo. He had last seen them in court. Ayala was the prosecutor. They were the accused.
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February 22, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His bodyguards long ago decreed that in violent Palermo there is only one bar in which anti-Mafia magistrate Giuseppe Ayala can safely take his midmorning espresso: on the ground floor of the main courthouse in the Sicilian capital. It was there one morning this week that Ayala unexpectedly found himself standing beside fellow coffee drinkers Pietro Senapa and Salvatore Rotolo. He had last seen them in court. Ayala was the prosecutor. They were the accused.
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October 23, 1993 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Who will watch the watchers? Italians wonder. Confidence in national institutions is at a low ebb. Demands for a radical political cleanup accumulate beside alarming discoveries of venality and treachery by the very officials who are entrusted with safeguarding the state. Scandal that has convulsed Italy for nearly two years is now tainting judges who participated in the most successful crackdown against the Mafia in half a century.
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