Trials: What Was in Sirhan's Mind?

Starting to examine a jury panel of 25 members at the trial of Sirhan Sirhan last week, Attorney Grant Cooper unveiled the defense strategy. "There will be no denial of the fact," he told the first panel member, Aerospace Corp. Employee George Doudle, "that our client, Sirhan Sirhan, fired the shot that killed Senator Kennedy." The admission may have seemed startling, especially since Sirhan has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Cooper made the statement to etch in the minds of the potential jurors a major issue in the case.

He told...

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