The Law: The Missing Manson Lawyer

After Charles Manson delivered his extraordinary sermon against society last month (TIME, Nov. 30), his trial seemed all but ended. He refused to repeat his testimony for the jury and ordered silence for the three girls, who are his co-defendants in the Tate-LaBianca murders case. Since the defense had presented no witnesses, the only unfinished business was the lawyers' final arguments, various motions and the judge's charge to the jury. Then one of the defense attorneys vanished.

Ronald Hughes, the blond, bushy-bearded 250-pounder who had never tried a case before, drove into the mountains...

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