TRIALS: Day of Judgment

From the beginning of the Judy CoplonValentin Gubichev espionage trial, Manhattan's big, moon-faced Federal Judge Sylvester Ryan had been getting a hotfoot from the defense lawyers almost every day. Even after Judy fired her bench-baiting lawyer—brassy, little Archie Palmer—in midtrial, things did not improve. The court got her three lawyers who had been assisting Archie. Judy pouted and said she didn't like them. Then the attorneys pouted. They obviously hoped to appeal on grounds that Government Girl Judy Coplon was the victim of prejudicial treatment: as the trial drew to a...

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