Justice: Free at Last, Free at Last

Free at Last, Free at Last

Over the course of the trial, the judge's wife began and completed a master's degree in education. Two different jurors were married; one has already celebrated two anniversaries. All told, the court's transcribers pecked out more than 100,000 pages of testimony, the equivalent of a 33-ft. stack of typewriter bond paper.

But the longest jury trial in U.S. history -- a 44-month marathon -- finally ended last week in Belleville, Ill. The long-suffering twelve-member circuit court jury found Monsanto Co. guilty of failing to warn the town of Sturgeon, Mo., about the risk of a 1979 spill containing the toxic chemical...

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