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The Trial of Chuck Berry


November 18, 2019

Chuck Berry Fan Club membership card (Source: Elvis Echoes of the Past)

"And Janice, how old are you?" the US Attorney asked Janice Escalanti, at the start of Chuck Berry's trial. "Fourteen years old," she said, quietly. It was her quietness that first appealed to Berry.

The attorney often had to ask Escalanti to speak louder, to clarify, to repeat what Berry had said to her, word for word. Her answers edged forward in whispered "yes, sirs" and "no, sirs." She didn't look fourteen, the attorney thought, but the more she talked, the younger she seemed.


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