Law: Seeing Justice Never Done

The case that would not end torments a California town

Hanford, Calif., is a farm community, the kind of place where people know each other by name and trust each other by nature. "You can go downtown without a dime in your pocket, do your shopping and come back to pay later," says City Councilman J. Brent Madill. "It's not faceless like L.A." In any town, the brutal killing of a teenage girl leaves a deep mark, but in Hanford the wound remains, 24 years after the crime. And now the U.S. Supreme Court has rubbed the wound open again all these years later.

Emerging from fundamental precepts of the Constitution,...

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