Lawyers: Casus Belli

The Ruby trial was finally over, and Judge Joe B. Brown was relaxed and loquacious. Between puffs on his pipe, he allowed that Defense Counsel Melvin Belli was "a fine man" and "one of the most brilliant attorneys that's ever appeared in my court." Those were just about the only kind words that anyone could find to say last week about the King of Torts.

For all its vehemence, the anti-Belli criticism could scarcely match the violence of Belli's reaction to the verdict. As TV cameramen clustered around, Belli burst into a ranting...

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