Swift Sword of Justice

The tawdry case of the Bobbitts of Manassas heads for Round 2

This season's replacement soap opera for the Buttafuocos of Long Island is the Bobbitts of Manassas. There is Lorena Bobbitt, the Ecuadorian-born manicurist who could go to prison for 20 years if she is found guilty of what the lawyers call "malicious wounding." Then there is John Wayne Bobbitt, who, although acquitted of marital sexual assault last week, may never, as they say, be whole again. Despite the bloodletting, the Bobbitts are less Greek tragedy than downmarket War of the Roses. The onetime bouncer and the struggling beautician had been trapped with each other under the same roof and over the...

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