"a fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun"
for 23 January 1998. Updated every WEEKDAY.





[you wish.]

Throughout history, the crucible of prison has created some of the world's most consequential leaders. The endless hours of solitude and boredom in which to ponder life's injustices; the thirst for freedom that the apparatus of oppression inspires; the long months in which to dream of simple liberties and greater glories - each of these aspects of the penitentiary experience made its indelible mark on men like Adolph Hitler, Fidel Castro, Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver, and Nelson Mandela, all of whom emerged from prison determined to bend the world to their will. And now, joining their ranks, there is Robert Downey, Jr.

ACT I: The Trial of the Second Week of December 1997

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