The Law: Disagreeable to All

More often than not, U.S. judges are magisterial black-robed referees who leave the legal combat to the attorneys appearing before them. Sometimes, however, they join the fray, as in the just-completed Watergate trial in Washington, where both prosecution and defense seemed so reluctant to mix it up that Judge John J. Sirica was moved to do his own questioning (see THE NATION). In the Pentagon papers trial in Los Angeles, it is Judge William Matthew Byrne Jr. who has been forced into taking on both sides.

Unlike the Watergate case, there has been no...

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