INVESTIGATIONS: The Dignity of It All

For nearly two years, beginning in 1951, a House Judiciary Subcommittee pried into suspicious tax and fraud cases that had brought scandal to the Justice Department during the Truman Administration. The most spectacular witness was a drawling, small-town lawyer named Theron Lamar Caudle (TIME, Nov. 26, 1951 et seq.). But more often than not the committee's trail led toward the man who had brought Caudle from Wadesboro, N.C. to Washington: onetime Attorney General Thomas Campbell Clark, since 1949 Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. When Justice Clark was asked to testify,...

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