THE LAW: U.S. v. Youngdahl

In a crowded courtroom last week, U.S. District Judge Luther Youngdahl listened quietly to an unprecedented attack. Lawyers often accuse judges of prejudice against the defense, but it was unheard of for a federal prosecutor to accuse a federal judge of "personal bias and prejudice . . . against the Government." The charge grew out of the case of Owen Lattimore, who once exerted much influence on American policies in China and who has since been accused of promoting Communism. Last year Judge Youngdahl dismissed four perjury indictments against Lattimore. Last week, with new indictments coming up for trial,...

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