TRIALS: In Their Own Defense

On at least four occasions, the judge presiding over Criminal Case 9373 had to admonish observers for nodding off to sleep. The United States of America v. Daniel Ellsberg, Anthony Russo Jr.. which once held out the promise of a landmark debate over the public's right to know and the Government's need to be secretive, had instead turned into a tedious minuet, pivoting for the better part of twelve weeks around the strictly legal aspects of the case. Witnesses for the prosecution testified about fingerprints on the covers of the Pentagon Papers that...

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