TRIALS: End of a Futile Case?

It is still remembered as an incredible, nearly surreal trial. Defendants shouted "pig" and "fascist" at the judge, mocked him by wearing judicial robes. One day they tried to hold a birthday party, and when the cake was banned from court, one defendant cried out: "They've arrested your cake!" At one point a defense attorney threw himself across a table and tearfully implored the judge: "Put me in jail, for God's sake, and get me out of this place." As for the judge, he addressed the defendants with irony and invective. Besides being almost unbelievably chaotic, the trial lasted five...

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