Best free show in New York

Screen Shot 2016-03-12 at 10.59.44Dalrymple has the

happy idea of going to the criminal courts on Centre Street. They are the Metropolitan Opera of the criminal-justice system.

By chance

I arrived at a dramatic moment in a dramatic trial of a dramatic crime. A man called Elliot Morales, charged with murder in the second degree, who was representing himself, was about to make his final address to the jury.

Morales put on

a fine performance.

So too did

the assistant district attorney, a young woman who will go far. She presented the case against Morales with clarity and implacable emphasis.

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