Letters, Jan. 18, 1960

The Mercy of the Court

Sir: This has reference to your article entitled, aptly enough, "Mercy of the Court," which pertained to the tragic and untimely death of my father, John T. Mains, and the imprisonment of three other executives of hand-tool-manufacturing firms for alleged violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act [Dec. 21].

The tragedy of this case is more readily understood when one further point is brought out. Medical testimony was given by a highly competent and highly respected specialist of internal medicine, to the effect that "incarceration for no matter what length of time, or under what circumstances, could and/or would...

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