Published Online: 1 October 1983
Page Count: 25
Professor of Law and Forensic Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
The trial of Bruno Hauptmann is critiqued in terms of the overriding prosecutorial interest in securing the death penalty. The intricate and ingenious methods by which the prosecution blended the law of New Jersey and the common law and the trial testimony of numerous witnesses, both scientific and lay persons, to achieve its objective are explicated. The author mentions other alternatives to those employed as well as the strategies of prosecution and defense at the trial.
Paper ID: JFS11625J