Criminal Justice: Trial by Newspaper

The New Jersey Supreme Court was not particularly impressed by the claims of Murderer Louis Van Duyne. Convicted of what the court called "the patently vicious crime" of beating his wife to death with his fists, Van Duyne had appealed on the ground that among others Paterson newspapers inflamed the jury against him by saying that he had been "arrested at least ten times," had once "threatened to kill a cop," was now "accused of brutally beating his wife," and had allegedly told police, "You've got me for murder. I don't desire to tell you anything." The court found...

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