Trials: Mesmerism in Miami

Moralists may wonder why the U.S. press and public spent seven weeks following the affairs of burly Melvin Powers, 24, and his lissome, lippy aunt, Candace Mossler, 46, in intimate detail. Most lawyers, though, are morally certain that they know exactly why a Miami jury so easily acquitted Candy and Mel of killing her millionaire husband, Jacques Mossler, 69: the defendants had in their corner hulking, booming Houston Lawyer Percy Foreman, whose never-failing tactic is to act as if the murder victim, not the suspect, were on trial. By "trying" everyone except...

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