COVER CHARGES

Here's what happened. While under cross-examination, Adamson refused to say whether he was also engaged in the business of receiving stolen goods at the time of the bombing. Later, Adamson also refused to tell whether he had filed income-tax returns that year.

Adamson conferred with his attorney about answering the questions and then offered to answer them fully.

But by that time, Dunlap's attorneys had a change of heart. They didn't even want the questions answered.

All of this information was available to the members of the Supreme Court. Amazingly, they still signed on to their bizarre ruling--freeing both Dunlap and Robison.

Judge Frank X. Gordon wrote one of the opinions. This is the same highly regarded jurist who presided over the impeachment of former governor Evan Mecham. Most recently, Judge Gordon issued the ruling opening the entire state of Arizona to casino gambling.

"The defendant had a right to gain more complete disclosure about this subject matter on cross-examination," Judge Gordon wrote of Dunlap.

"That he was prevented from so doing constitutes reversible error."
And that was enough to set Dunlap free.
Adamson is scheduled to take the witness stand sometime this week. Then we'll see how relevant the matter of his income-tax returns are.

This is Max Dunlap's last time around the track. He has been haunted by the Bolles murder since 1976. If Murray Miller, his attorney, is able to convince the jury of his innocence, Dunlap will be a happy man. At 64, he will walk out of the court a free man after 17 years spent under a cloud of suspicion. But if the jury finds him guilty, Dunlap, the father of seven, will be driven south to Florence under heavy guard. Once there, he will be placed again in a cell on death row.

As they say on the street, "What goes around comes around.

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