TRIALS: Still a Reasonable Doubt

From the first, the family of Samuel Bronfman II figured on a guilty verdict for the two men accused of kidnaping the young Seagram liquor heir. Anything less would be a slap at Sam and them—a judgment that the "victim" had really masterminded the crime for the $2.3 million ransom. Late last week, as 120 people crowded the White Plains, N.Y., courtroom, the jury filed back after 19 hours and 30 minutes of deliberation and delivered a stunning decision: not guilty of kidnaping.

At the defense table, Mel Patrick Lynch, 38, a New York fireman, and Dominic Byrne, 54, a...

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