Nation: My Lai: The Case Against Calley

THE trial had not been going badly for Lieut. William L. Calley Jr. During the first three weeks. Prosecutor Aubrey Daniel easily established that a massacre of unarmed, docile South Vietnamese had indeed taken place at My Lai. But Daniel complained of being "particularly handicapped" now, nearly 33 months after the fact, in proving Calley guilty of murdering anyone, let alone the 102 victims cited in the indictment. Most of the witnesses were vague and inconclusive as to who had issued the orders and squeezed the triggers. One of Daniel's most important witnesses,...

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