A Slap for a Broken Head

In another verdict that defies videotape evidence, the men who attacked Reginald Denny get off relatively light. What guided the jury?

In the collective mind, the beatings of Rodney King and Reginald Denny have become a matched pair -- two videotaped outrages, two tests of the criminal justice system. As it emerged last week, one parallel was still to be played out. Just as in the King case, videotape evidence was supposed to make the verdict in the Denny trial a foregone conclusion. Just as in the King case, that was wrong.

When one of the most tumultuous jury deliberations in recent memory ended with something close to acquittal for Damian Monroe Williams, 20, and Henry Keith Watson, 29, some of Los...

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