The Law: Frustrated Defense

There was no argument with the well-documented facts. On May 16,1974 near Los Angeles, Symbionese Liberation Army Members Bill and Emily Harris got into a sidewalk struggle with employees at Mel's Sporting Goods Store over Bill's alleged shoplifting. Across the street the Harrises' captive-turned-comrade, Patty Hearst, opened up with covering fire. The trio then fled and switched one after another to four vehicles that they appropriated; in two cases the owners were also taken along. The Harrises conceded all that in their current trial for assault, robbery and kidnaping. What then was their defense to be? Last week the answer came:...