Re: Why didn't they just keep their characters?
Yes, he was convicted and serving time for the crime of being associated with the Maquis. There's no question he was a criminal. How bad was he, though? Was Paris on a mission to terrorize civilians, or attack legitimate military targets? Did he even accomplish his mission, or was he prevented from doing so by his capture?
IIRC, Paris was rather incompetent as a Maquis and got himself captured easily. He was only in it for the bravado, after all. Any real danger and he folded up like a deck chair.
In labor news: Longshoremen walked off the piers today. Rescue operations are continuing.