TRIALS: Psychopathic Personality

A large, assertive man wearing thick-lensed spectacles took the witness stand last week in the perjury trial of Alger Hiss. He identified himself as Dr. Carl A. L. Binger; he had been awaiting this moment for about seven months.

Judge Samuel Kaufman had barred him from testifying at the first trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Murphy had objected to his testifying this time. "This is the first time in the history of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence that psychiatric testimony has been allowed to impeach a witness," Murphy pointed out. But Federal Judge Henry Goddard waved...

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