The Press: Medicine & Chaser

On Sept. 10 the San Francisco Chronicle burst out with a streaming black headline: LAMSON WINS NEW TRIAL. It would be hard to guess who was most astonished: Hearst's San Francisco Examiner which apparently had been badly scooped or Chief Justice William Harrison Waste of the California Supreme Court or David A. Lamson, sitting in his death cell at San Quentin Prison. Last year a San Jose jury had found the young Stanford University Press salesmanager guilty of murder after it refused to believe his story that his wife Allene had slipped...

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