Now before you get all "but he did it!" on me, let us take into account the evidence. No eyewitnesses, no physical evidence, not even the gun could be traced to Blake. So whatever you think of Mr. Blake, it would have been seriously unjust had be been found guilty.
After keeping up on this trial, covering it on the radio long enough for me to move to another city and the station to change call letters, watching Baretta on DVD (which has an interesting first episode involving dinner, driving and the death of his fiancée) and most recently, Electra Glide in Blue I am relieved the same kid who played a young John Garfield in Humoresque is walking free. Sorry. No matter how dimestore novel this got (which made it all the more interesting), no matter how much Christian Brando's name came up (a friend of mine believes Christian Brando is connected to every major crime in Los Angeles) no matter how much motive the guy ("Little Sleazer" as James Ellroy coined him) had involving that mail-order huckster, well...you just never know.
We shall see what's next for little Mickey.