TRIALS: Counterattack

As big, brown-mustached U.S. prosecutor Tom Murphy made his second bid to send Alger Hiss off to prison for perjury, spectators had covertly begun eying the gaunt, calm defendant for signs of reaction. It became steadily more obvious that the Government's case was tighter, more dramatically presented and more damaging than it had been in the first trial. But by last week in Manhattan's federal court it was just as obvious that Hiss's defense had improved as well.

Claude Cross, his businesslike little attorney, had new witnesses and new evidence with which to assault peripheral but important segments of the...

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