The Law: Little Charade?

It took a Raleigh, N.C., jury 78 minutes last summer to agree that the state had not proved that convicted Burglar Joan Little had murdered her guard with an ice pick during a jailbreak. Was the case as weak as that swift verdict implied? Not at all, claims, of all people, Little's attorney, Jerry Paul. Paul told the New York Times last week that though he thinks Little is innocent, the acquittal proved less about justice than about the ineptness of the prosecution and the power of $325,000, which the defense spent on the case. The judge contends the money made...

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