Law: Corona Retrial

A 25-murder verdict is reversed

Before Labor Contractor Juan Corona was convicted in 1973 for one of the greatest mass murders in memory—hacking and bludgeoning to death 25 itinerant farm workers around the sun-baked orchards of Yuba City. Calif.—his lawyer tried a stunning tactic. Defense Attorney Richard Hawk. 45. offered hardly any defense at all. Though he questioned a few of the 116 witnesses summoned by the prosecution, he called none himself and his summation lasted a bare seven minutes. In spite of that, the jury's first vote was 7 to 5 for acquittal, and it took a total of 16 ballots...

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