The Law: Oh Say Can You See

When his new car stalled one night near a mailbox in Queens, N.Y., William Schrager, 30, idled the engine for a while and then started driving slowly. Seeing the suspicious-seeming car with its short, dark-haired driver, two policemen in a cruising patrol car stopped him. A man of his description was being sought in connection with a series of sexual assaults. Schrager showed some identification, but he had no papers to prove his claim that he was an assistant district attorney. The cops decided to take him in.

All that night and into the early morning hours, Schrager was put in station-house...

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