The Law: Assaying the Defense

At a recent Hollywood benefit for Pentagon-papers Defendants Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo, even the invited luminaries paid $125 each to get in, and Barbra Streisand agreed to sing to anyone over the phone for $3,000 a song. The resulting $50,000 haul was impressive, but the money quickly evaporated. Ellsberg and Russo are finding out that while the price of liberty may be eternal vigilance, the cost of justice can be astronomical. Their trial, which is now nearing an end, will have cost the defense between $900,000 and $1,000,000; the prosecution tab may...

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