A Filthy Mess

Mud is a fruitful soil for farming and for journalism. The public likes it. The populace enjoys seeing mud from a rolling wheel spatter the honest citizen. In journalism, as in commerce, there are always some ready to pander to the public taste.

Five years ago a wealthy Manhattan realtor sued his wife for divorce. The charges were filth. The case was tried before a judge (no jury) and the decision was against the husband. But before the decision could be signed, the judge was elevated to a higher...

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