The Longest Mistrial

The McMartin Pre-School case ends at last

Some horror stories are chilling because they might be true. The horror stories in the McMartin Pre-School trial are chilling for a different reason: despite seven years of investigations and trials, it may never be known whether they are true or false. In a Los Angeles courtroom last week, the jury in the child-molestation trial of Raymond Buckey, 32, a former teacher at the Manhattan Beach, Calif., preschool, declared itself deadlocked. With that, the state decided to drop the charges. Said prosecutor Joseph Martinez: "How long can you keep this up?"

Outside the courtroom, Buckey embraced his father with tears in...