California: The Smear

As an outspoken critic of the radical right, California's Republican Senator Thomas Kuchel has been the subject of repeated smears. Last week, after three weeks of hearings, a Los Angeles County grand jury indicted four men on charges of conspiring to commit criminal libel against him.

Last June, when Kuchel was campaigning against Barry Goldwater's candidacy in the California presidential primary, a vicious document was circulated around the state. It purported to be an affidavit signed by a Los Angeles police officer and saying that in 1949 he had arrested Kuchel, then state controller, on a drunkenness charge. But that...

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