TRIALS: Congressman Convicted

Texas Democratic Congressman John Dowdy has long been a champion of morality of sorts. As a church-going district attorney in the 1940s, he once prosecuted a black rape suspect so viciously, calling him, among other epithets, "a lustful animal," that a higher court ordered a new trial. As a 19-year Congressman, he introduced bills to prevent the homosexual Mattachine Society from collecting funds in the capital, and to outlaw as obscene those publications that feature "intrigues between men and women and immoral conduct of persons." More substantively, he led a subcommittee...

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