The Law: Life Among the Manson Jurors

As the trial for the Tate-LaBianca killings convened in Los Angeles last June, Chief Defense Counsel Paul Fitzgerald admitted: "There is no way we are ever going to get a reasonable jury. So we decided to frustrate the prosecution attempts to select a good jury and try to keep every dingaling we could find, to get the worst possible jury."

The object was to get one or more mavericks who would contradict the majority and thereby hang the jury. The stratagem did not work. Last week, after nine months of endless testimony and agonized...

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