CRIME: P.S. for Roguery

As appointments secretary and trusted aide to President Harry S. Truman, poker-faced Matthew J. Connelly had a reputation in Washington for getting things done. Last week in St. Louis, a federal district court jury decided that Matt Connelly had tried to get too many things done: it convicted him of conspiring to fix a tax case. Also convicted was Theron Laniar ("Sweet Thing") Caudle, onetime Assistant Attorney General who shocked Washington in 1951 with his honeysuckle-toned stories of poorly concealed roguery in the Truman Administration.

Connelly and Caudle were accused of accepting gifts in return for their help in trying...

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