shown here with Alger Hiss, was known as the
best criminal attorney in New York when he was
hired to defend Hiss in the first trial. A man
noted for his histrionic defenses, he lived
up to his reputation as he ferociously attacked
testimony in court. His work helped earn a hung
jury for Hiss.
told Hiss he could keep getting him hung juries
until the end of time, but Hiss sought vindication.
When Hiss thought the trial would be moved to
Vermont, he replaced Stryker with the more sedate
a corporate lawyer from Boston who until then
had never tried a criminal case.