Law: TV Wins a Crucial Case

$11 million suit blaming NBC for a crime is dismissed

Marvin E. Lewis, 71, is a flamboyant trial lawyer famous in San Francisco courts for winning highly unusual personal injury cases. He once persuaded a jury to award $50,000 to a woman who claimed that the trauma of a cable-car crash had turned her into a nymphomaniac. But never did Lewis come up with a more novel argument—or one with more profound implications—than in the case of Olivia Niemi.

In 1974, when Olivia was nine, she was raped by three girls and a boy with...

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