The Law: Counsel for the G.I. Defense

Shortly before midnight last April 30th, a vicious fight broke out at a party in a hooch at Phan Rang airbase in South Viet Nam. Staff Sergeant James Bush, a hulking 225-pounder, resolved a disagreement over a Vietnamese prostitute by choking a 20-year-old draftee until he foamed at the mouth. Several soldiers pulled Bush away from the private, who ran off into the night. Within the hour, an M-14 bullet slammed through Bush's rib cage and killed him.

The draftee, Private First Class Tyrone Peterson of Birmingham, Ala., was arrested. No one had seen...