The Law: The Battle of Big John

On the way to work in his gleaming Lincoln Continental, Defense Attorney Edward Bennett Williams, 54, might glide by a straining bicyclist named Frank Tuerkheimer, 35, heading in the same direction. After putting in a morning's work in his spacious suite of Washington offices, Williams may lunch at the Sans Souci. Tuerkheimer brown-bags it in his cramped, spartan office, where he works as a Government lawyer.

This odd pair would probably have remained nothing more than adversaries in the rush-hour traffic were it not for the trial of Big John Connally, which opens this week in Washington. Williams is defending Connally,...

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