The Law: The Young Peers of Long Binh

To the typical young enlisted man facing trial by court-martial, the jury hardly seems to be composed of his peers. Usually the panel is dominated by officers who are older and more at home in the service than he. When enlisted men are selected, they are often crew-cut senior noncoms with little sympathy for youngsters who challenge military custom. At the Long Binh logistics base in South Viet Nam, however, a civilian lawyer and a veteran Army colonel recently collaborated to produce the most unusual jury in military memory.

The case itself was routine....

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