Swaying the Home Jury

The Menendez trial has been a long-running soap opera -- and a high-profile attraction -- for cable's Court TV

At Luke's Hair Design in Somers, New York, the main topic of TV conversation these days is not Jessica Fletcher's latest murder mystery or Roseanne Connor's most recent family crisis. It is the fate of Lyle and Erik Menendez, the Beverly Hills, California, brothers awaiting a verdict on charges of murdering their parents. "One way or another, every day it comes up in conversation," says Rosalie Mignano, 29, a nail technician at the salon. "I've really come to care about them as people."

Stanley Orlen, a former New York City policeman now living in suburban Long Island, was so involved in...

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