A WIN BY SPLIT DECISION

THANKS TO A HUNG JURY, BOXING PROMOTER DON KING DUCKS UNDER FEDERAL CHARGES OF INSURANCE FRAUD

AT ONE POINT DURING THE DEFENSE summation in the U.S. District Court wire-fraud proceedings against boxing promoter Don King, his premier fighter, the convicted rapist Mike Tyson, could be seen dozing off on a bench in the back of the New York City courtroom, holding a book of essays by Leo Tolstoy: What Is Art? At the time, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment seemed a better choice: the prosecution had called 18 witnesses to back up its claim that King falsified a contract to collect $350,000 from Lloyd's of London for a canceled fight in 1991, and the defense had called only...

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