The Courts: Trial by Newspapers

Dr. Sam Sheppard was a free man last week. Almost ten years after his conviction for the bludgeon-murder of his wife, the Ohio osteopath was ordered released from prison-by U.S. District Judge Carl A. Weinman on the ground that his constitutional rights had been violated because he had not been given a fair trial. State authorities wasted no time getting a stay order from the Court of Appeals, but technical difficulties with the necessary arrest order kept Sheppard out of prison. He thanked his lawyer, joined some relatives at a motel, and...