The Law: The Open File

The crucible of Anglo-American law is the "adversary" trial, in which rival lawyers fight for their clients' claims before an impartial tribunal in a contest that idealists bill as a search for truth. In U.S. criminal trials, however, the search can be more of a game of bluff, suspense and surprise, with both sides trying to spring unexpected evidence that can demolish the unwary. Among many examples was the recent Candy Mossier murder case: a Texas convict testified that Candy had given him $7,000 to kill her husband—whereupon Defense Lawyer Percy Foreman dramatically...

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