TRIALS: The Plodder Scores Off the Idol

F. Lee Bailey may be the matinee idol of Patty Hearst's trial, outthinking, outtalking and very often outclassing U.S. Attorney James L. Browning Jr. But for all his forensic skills, the famed defense attorney has consistently lost important legal disputes to the plodding prosecutor. Last week Bailey once again suffered more defeats than he scored victories as Patty's case moved into its final stages.

The legal sparring began with a clash between defense and prosecution over whether Judge Oliver J. Carter should allow the jury to hear the testimony of Margaret Singer,...

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