Trials: Tracing the Untraceable

After his acquittal in New Jersey last year on charges of murdering his some time mistress' husband, Dr. Carl Coppolino appeared a sure bet to beat the less likely charge that he had murdered his own wife. Since there was not even any public evidence that she had died unnaturally, the case against Coppolino seemed flimsy indeed. Yet last week, when the twelve male jurors in Naples, Fla., returned their verdict after less than four hours of deliberations, the retired physician was pronounced guilty of second-degree murder.

The lean, hook-nosed Coppolino, 34, was...

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