TRIALS: You'd Be Thin, Too

With the Government asking the questions, husky, big-jawed Manning R. Johnson made an effective prosecution witness in the perjury trial of Labor Leader Harry Bridges. But when the defense began to prod him last week, Ex-Communist Johnson made an even better one.

A smooth, deep-voiced Negro, Johnson settled back on the witness stand and be gan to tell a federal jury in San Francisco how he had heard Bridges address a Communist National Committee meeting in 1936, how he recalled voting to "re-elect" Bridges to the national committee two years later under the alias of "Rossi." Attempting to discredit the testimony,...

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