The Law: An Open Sore

"The Sixth Circuit courtroom, which some New Haven lawyers call 'the Pit,' is a great, dingy box of passions. Two stories high, its flaking ceiling supported by metal stanchions, with tall dusty windows and creaking floors, it is a hell that would have appealed to Charles Dickens. What faces one sees there!—ravaged, jaunty, dazed, disenchanted, raging, resigned. This place is society's open sore."

The words are those of John Hersey, Pulitzer-prizewinning novelist, who has been visiting the busy New Haven criminal court. Last month, in a letter to members of the Forum for Contemporary...

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