The Nation: Where the Defense Went Wrong

Where did Patty Hearst's defense go wrong? Or did it go wrong at all—since the defendant might still be exonerated on appeal? Not surprisingly, lawyers and psychiatrists interviewed by TIME disagreed on most points—except one. Many believed that the trial could have established some important precedents on the complex issue of human motivation and its effect on criminal behavior, but failed to do so.

"There were some sensationally exciting questions about the borderland between volition and involition in human behavior," said University of Chicago Law Professor Franklin E. Zimring. "We could have learned a...

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