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First year law students will hear a mock trial at 7 p.m. tonight in Langdell Hall of the fictitious case they have been studying for two weeks under the year-old teaching fellow program. Judge Francis J. W. Ford of the Boston Federal District Court, will preside.

Arthur E. Sutherland, professor of Law, will represent the fictitious plaintiff, John Byrnes, who is suing for mental suffering and economic loss. Richard H. Field, professor of Law, is counsel for the defendant, Frank Hastings. A jury is being selected from the University community--law students excluded.

In this case, Byrnes, a concert singer, was so upset by Hastings' threats to blow auto horns during his recital that he hit sour notes and had to leave the stage. Hastings made the threats because he confused the singer with a Communist entertainer named Joseph Burns. But Hastings claims he acted in good faith in behalf of the citizenry.

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