WHEN the jury files in to deliver a verdict after weeks of direct and cross examinations, hot clashes of lawyers and cool
decisions of the judge,
There are points of high silencetwiddling of thumbs is at an endbailiffs near cuspidors take fresh chews of
tobacco and waitand the clock has a chance for its ticking to be heard.
A lawyer for the defense clears his throat and holds himself ready if the word is Guilty to enter motion for a
new trial, speaking in a soft voice, speaking in a voice slightly colored with bitter wrongs mingled with monumental
patience, speaking with mythic Atlas shoulders of many preposterous, unjust circumstances.