TRIALS: Similar to . . . Murder

"Similar to . . . Murder"

An icy wind whipped around the Hillsborough County Courthouse in the mill city of Manchester, N.H. (pop. 84,000). Inside, more than 100 New England men & women—Yankee, Irish, French Canadian, office manager, millworker, real-estate dealer—thought vaguely but anxiously about a question which men have discussed for centuries: Is there an eternal law that transcends men's best intentions and even men's law, and if there is, how are men to interpret it?

The 100-odd were members of a panel from which the court was trying to select...

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