Trials: A Death in the Family

After four days of intense deliberation, the jury was only a hairbreadth away from a verdict in the federal trial of Lawyer Roy M. Cohn, charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. Once confident of a hung jury, Cohn paced nervously outside Manhattan's Foley Square Federal Court, fretting that "all bets are off." Then, in a stunning and unpredictable turn of the wheel, one juror's father suddenly died. After excusing her, Judge Archie O. Dawson declared a mistrial. Cohn, for the time being at least, was home free.

Now 37, the onetime Wunderkind of McCarthy-committee fame was accused on seven...

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