The Law: The Second Most Hated Man

Tooling along 1-65 in Alabama, headed for Montgomery, the driver of the green '68 Volkswagen checked the road in front of him, then glanced at the papers in his lap and occasionally leaned over to scribble on a yellow legal pad. After 2½ hours on the road, Lawyer Morris Dees, 37, somehow arrived safely at his office. By then he had finished going over the transcript of Johnny Harris' trial.

The day before, Harris, 31, had been given the death penalty for murdering a prison guard during a 1974 riot at Alabama's horrendously overcrowded...

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