Judge Wapner, Where Are You?

Imelda Marcos' trial has been a celebrity-studded soap opera

Only the television cameras are missing. Otherwise, the theatrical trial that will go to the jury in Manhattan's federal courthouse this week could have been packaged as a prime-time mini-series. It has everything:

< The accused: Imelda Marcos, widow of the exiled Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, charged with helping him loot $220 million from their country's treasury. Three times she brought the trial to a halt by swooning, once coughing up blood to the shock of the courtroom.

The co-defendant: former billionaire Adnan Khashoggi. The now bankrupt Saudi Arabian arms dealer stands accused of conspiring with the Marcoses to conceal their...

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