The Nation: Browning: How to Blunt a Scalpel

"You never can tell what a jury is going to do, but I think we did pretty well." So said U.S. Attorney James L. Browning Jr., 43, last week in an interview with TIME Correspondents John Austin and Joseph Boyce on the eve of the verdict against Patricia Hearst. Browning's courtroom performance at the outset of the trial had seemed unfocused and adrift, but was more calculated than many observers supposed. "We have to prove the case, the defense doesn't," he explained. "That means you have to lay out the facts very carefully and thoroughly in the beginning. That may make...

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