Foreign Law: Jury Goof in Rome

Farouk Chourbagi was a handsome Egyptian textile merchant who mixed fabrics and females while living and loving in Rome. He was found dead in his office off Via Veneto one morning last year, his body riddled with bullets, his face scarred with acid. The cops nabbed Farouk's combustible mistress, a honey-blonde Egyptian named Claire Bebawi, and her rich cotton dealer husband Youssef. Each said the other did it: he in a fit of jealousy, said she; she to end the affair, said he. Both were indicted for murder and went on trial together as codefendants.

Thus began one of the most...