Foreign News: A Mind on Trial

Outside London's famed Old Bailey last week, Britons by the hundreds queued up hopefully for gallery seats. Inside the venerable courthouse, facing a jury on terms unprecedented in the long annals of English law, sat a slim, stolid, German-born Canadian immigrant named Gunther Fritz Podola.

The Podola case began last July 13, when Podola, 30, allegedly shot and killed a London cop who was trying to question him about a shakedown charge. Cornered three days later in his shabby South Kensington room, Podola was brought out to a police car looking considerably the worse for wear. Two policemen were half dragging him...

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