The Nation: Portrait of a Prosecutor

Captain Aubrey Daniel III, the 29-year-old Army captain who chastised the Commander in Chief, did not gloat over his courtroom "victory," a term he abhors. At a party shortly after the verdict, when the intense, tight-lipped attorney finally relaxed with a bottle of Scotch, his guitar and a group of friends, he sadly conceded: "When human lives are involved, there is never a winner."

Indeed, the 41-month-long trial was nearly as much of an ordeal for Daniel as it was for the defendant. Early in the case he occasionally betrayed his youth. "Don't be...

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