Law: The Trouble with Harry

A federal judge goes on trial in Nevada on bribery charges

Judge Harry Claiborne seemed at ease last week in Courtroom 2 of the gray marble federal courthouse in Reno. He leaned back in his chair, stroked a finger across his lips, and listened serenely to the testimony in a criminal trial. But Claiborne, 66, chief judge of Nevada's U.S. District Court, was observing the proceedings from a new perspective. He was not the presiding judge, but the defendant, the second sitting federal judge in U.S. history to be tried for offenses allegedly committed...

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