TRIALS: The Verdict on Patty: Guilty as Charged

"Is this your verdict?" the clerk asked each member of the jury, one after another. Back came the answers: "Yes . . . yes . . . yes . . ." As the seven women and five men spoke, the defendant sat erect, pale but composed and dry-eyed, while her lawyers leaned toward her protectively. Last week, after only twelve hours of deliberation, a San Francisco jury ruled that Patricia Campbell Hearst was guilty of armed bank robbery and of using a firearm to commit a felony.

It was the climactic moment of...

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