Nation: Raising the Count

The roses had faded from his chubby cheeks, and Billie Sol Estes looked like a beaten man when he appeared before a federal grand jury in El Paso last week. Estes showed up toting neatly tied bundles of magazines and newspapers to serve as props for the plea of Attorney John Cofer, who argued that the reams of unfavorable publicity about his client made a fair hearing impossible. Unmoved, the grand jury handed down a new indictment against Estes, which raised the total number of his pending charges to 16 counts of mail fraud, twelve counts of illegally transporting securities in...

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