The Patricia Hearst Trial:
The Local Lawyers Remember
Presented on October 3, 2018
at the Phillip Burton Federal Building & United States Courthouse
San Francisco, California
The saga culminated in an extraordinary trial presided over by Judge Oliver Carter in the ceremonial courtroom of the federal courthouse in San Francisco. The principal lawyers—F. Lee Bailey for the defense and Jim Browning for the United States—confronted one another, psychiatrists, and dozens of eye witnesses … as well as the defendant herself.
Judge Orrick, whose father sentenced Hearst in 1976, moderated a panel in that very courtroom. The lawyers and judicial clerks who worked on the case shared their recollections and discussed the issues of culpability, coercion, and duress that resonate to this day.
- Hon. William H. Orrick III
U.S. District Judge, Northern District of California
(and their 1976 connections)
- Hon. D. Lowell Jensen
U.S. District Judge, Northern District of California (Ret.)
(Alameda County District Attorney 1974-2002)
- Robert A. James, Esq.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, San Francisco
(Partner of the late Edward P. Davis,
Assistant U.S. Attorney 1974-1978)
- David P. Bancroft, Esq.
Sideman & Bancroft LLP, San Francisco
(Assistant U.S. Attorney 1972-1978)
- Ralph J. Swanson, Esq.
Berliner Cohen LLP, San Jose
(Law clerk to Judge Carter 1975-1976)