GOVERNMENT: The Conflict of Interest

In a federal courtroom in Washington last week, the Government lost an important test case. Attorney General Herbert Brownell had charged Herbert A. Bergson, boss of the trustbusters under the Democratic Administration, with violating the "conflict of interest" law.

Says the law: No former Government employee, within two years after leaving Government service, may prosecute "any claims against the U.S. involving any subject matter directly connected with which such person was so employed . . ."

As a Government lawyer, Brownell charged Bergson had prosecuted a price-fixing and monopoly suit against the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co. and the Carborundum Co.,...

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