Show Business: We, the Jury

Combining Greek tragedy and judicial farce, a federal court jury last week re-enacted for a Baltimore television audience just how it had decided to convict a man of murder and kidnaping.

"An unprecedented public revelation of jury room activity," crowed a handout by WBAL-TV, an NBC affiliate owned by the Hearst Corp. Raptured the Hearst-owned Baltimore News-Post: "A reportorial breakthrough of the traditional silence of the jury room." It sure was.

The nine men, including the foreman —who later asserted that they had received assurances that their appearance had been okayed by federal...

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