PENNSYLVANIA: Highway Debacle

Before a jury of seven men and five women in Harrisburg, Pa., Special Deputy Attorney General Vincent G. Panati produced a classic capsule example of how much personal prosperity can be skimmed off state highway construction, the nation's booming, graft-prone major public-works project. Witnesses testified that two top members of the Republican-run Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission had teamed up with Manu-Mine Research & Development Co. (initial capitalization: $4,300) in a plan to defraud the commission of turnpike construction funds. With then-Turnpike Commission Chairman Thomas J. Evans' nephew, Charles Stickler, as president, Manu-Mine...

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