The Law: At War with the Army

The case involved Gerald D. McLemore, a black Army private charged with killing a white G.I. in Viet Nam. But a far broader issue soon emerged: McLemore's civilian lawyers claimed they could not defend him adequately because they had been prevented from communicating with him. At a recent military hearing in Saigon, McLemore's attorneys from the Lawyers Military Defense Committee documented an almost incredible story of how the Army had sabotaged their organization.

Organized seven months ago to provide free civilian counsel for G.I.s in Viet Nam, the L.M.D.C. opened a three-man law office...

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