Judges: Julius the Just

Defense attorneys at the raucous trial of the Chicago Eight are doing their best to show that U.S. District Judge Julius Hoffman is biased. The little jurist often seems determined to prove them right. Before the jury, he has praised U.S. Attorney Thomas Foran as one of the finest prosecutors in the country. On the other hand, he badgers and belittles lawyers for the eight men who are charged with conspiracy to foment a riot at last year's Democratic Convention in Chicago.

The 74-year-old judge unquestionably has been provoked. Last week, for...

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