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As a court reporter for Scripps-Howard's Cleveland Press, methodical young (32) Leonard Hammer was appalled by the slipshod way couples were divorced in Cuyahoga County. Hammer thought that a couple could get a decree without either of them appearing before a judge, or even presenting any evidence.

To test his theory, Reporter Hammer persuaded the Press makeup editor, Richard Campbell, 25, and his wife Florence Margaret to act as guinea pigs. Signing himself "C. P. Ress, atty.," Hammer drew up a divorce petition for the happily married Campbells. He stamped the application with a notary's stamp, paid the $11 filing fee and...

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