The Kennedys: Rehearsal for an Inquest

For all of Edward Kennedy's legal efforts to avoid what he fears would be a circus-style inquest into the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, a sort of rehearsal for an inquest was held last week in Pennsylvania's Luzerne County courthouse. Nearly 200 newsmen and spectators jammed into Judge Bernard Brominski's courtroom in Wilkes-Barre to hear arguments on whether Mary Jo's body should be exhumed from a nearby Larksville cemetery for an autopsy. While the proceeding showed that Kennedy's apprehension was well founded, it also indicated that the lack of a postmortem has...

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