The Law: Fear of High Places

Off and on through his two trials for perjury and obstruction of justice, Lawyer Roy Cohn kept complaining that people in "high places" (meaning mainly Old Enemy Bobby Kennedy) were "out to get him." They didn't. Last week Senator Joe McCarthy's former committee counsel was acquitted on all counts in Federal District Court in Manhattan. The jury did not buy the Government claim that Cohn had tried to quash an indictment against some stock swindlers and later lied about his activities to a grand jury.

Cohn's acquittal may be cited by some lawyers to show why prosecutors mortally fear mistrials. After the...

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