Judges: On the Spot in the Spotlight

Courtroom battles that stir nationwide curiosity and passion are few and far between. Two such cases are scheduled to begin early this year — the trial of Sirhan Sirhan, who is accused of assassinating Senator Robert Kennedy, and that of James Earl Ray, who is accused of murdering Martin Luther King Jr. Whether or not either defendant can get a fair trial will depend largely on the skill and fortitude of two men: Judge Herbert Walker of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and Judge W. (for Walter) Preston Battle of the Shelby County Criminal Court in...

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