TRIALS: Guilty as Charged

At the defense table, William Remington put down the book he had been reading —Parrington's Main Currents in American Thought. In the jury box, the foreman, Hotel Clerk David L. Jones, rose to his feet. "We find the defendant guilty as charged," he said in a husky voice. Remington closed his book, shut his eyes, and got to his feet with an effort. Two U.S. marshals stepped to his side. Federal Judge Gregory F. Noonan told the jury: "I believe the verdict you have arrived at is a fair one."

Thus young (33), brilliant (Phi Beta Kappa), Dartmouth-trained Bill Remington...