TRIALS: Medina Goes Free

Up to the end of the trial of Captain Ernest L. Medina, Defense Attorney F. Lee Bailey worried that public pressure would force the Army to impose some kind of punishment on his client. As it turned out, he had nothing to fear. After deliberating 68 minutes, the five-man military jury reached a verdict of not guilty on all counts of murder, manslaughter and assault at My Lai.

Even Bailey was taken by surprise at the speedy decision, though he quickly broke into a broad smile at what he called a "thumping acquittal."...

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