New York: No Inferences, Please

The bipartisan, four-man New York State Commission of Investigation last week held open hearings into bribery charges by Mayor Robert Wagner against Democratic State Chairman William McKeon. After two days the commission threw up its hands, made no findings or recommendations, decided merely to send a transcript on to Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Even that, insisted Commission Chairman Jacob Grumet, should not lead to the inference "that we believe a crime has been committed."

But if perjury is still considered a crime in New York, then a crime was committed.

The Accusation. The...

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