Trials: Cured by a Verdict?

The ten-ton truck that rammed into the back of a soft-drink delivery truck in a Detroit suburb two years ago did far more than shatter a load of bottles; it made legal history. When he heard liquid dripping from the broken bottles, said Jack Newby, driver of the soft-drink truck, he was seized with a terrible fear that his gasoline tanks had ruptured. The dripping recalled a wreck he had witnessed years before, when he watched two people burn to death in a fire fed by gasoline. As a result of his fright in the cab of his truck,...

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