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Claude Cross

Cross served as Hiss's attorney at his second trial. Cross was chosen because the defense believed its motion to move the second trial to Vermont might succeed, and the bookish Cross might appeal more to New England jurors than the bombastic Lloyd Paul Stryker. The defense was wrong on both counts. Its motion to move the trial failed, and although Cross was more adept at dealing with the documentary evidence than Stryker, he was not an effective advocate before the jury. Still, Cross demonstrated that a number of the State Department documents that Hiss allegedly gave to Whittaker Chambers were never sent to his office.