That Killer Smile

LYLE MENENDEZ, WHOSE RICH KID'S TAN has long since faded from his face, broke his pose as the grieving son to peel a thin smile from his limited supply. It was his response to the judge's announcement of the second deadlocked jury in the case of the two brothers on trial for murdering their parents. Menendez's attorney Jill Lansing later boasted about how she had introduced doubt into a case the prosecution had once hailed as open-and-shut murder in the first degree: "I don't think anybody at the beginning believed the possibility that they were abused or motivated by fear. Obviously,...

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