The Law: The Fairness Factor

Before the current trial of John Mitchell and Maurice Stans got under way, their lawyers worried about how their clients would be treated by a jury made up of a bunch of New Yorkers who had almost certainly been influenced by newspaper and television reports of perjury and influence peddling. So the defense requested that the trial be removed to Meridian, Miss. "There are fewer network shows, fewer newspapers there." But the Mitchell-Stans lawyers surely knew that the wall-to-wall publicity surrounding Watergate has reached into Meridian. Thus their faintly facetious gesture seemed really...

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