POLITICAL NOTES: 21 in a Row

A year ago Baltimore's Mayor Thomas Ludwig John D'Alesandro Jr. was reeling from the blows of personal and political misfortune (TIME, April 26). His second son, Franklin Delano Roosevelt D'Alesandro, had been indicted for statutory rape; acquitted, young D'Alesandro was charged with committing perjury at the same trial. (He was again acquitted.) Charges of graft were billowing around City Hall, e.g., the mayor's friend, Dominic Piracci, who had most of the city's garage-building business, was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the city, and the record revealed that Piracci (whose daughter married the mayor's eldest son) had written checks totaling...

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