TRIALS: Boyle Down

Whenever the U.S. Government did something he did not like, John L. Lewis, the colorful, powerful president of the United Mine Workers of America, would protest with outraged, rolling rhetoric. Last week his successor, W.A. ("Tony") Boyle, stood wordlessly before a Washington federal jury as he was pronounced guilty of embezzlement, conspiracy and illegally contributing to political campaigns. His silence, compared with Lewis' bombast, symbolized the fall of a once powerful union to a scandal-ridden ebb of influence. Boyle's conviction carries a maximum sentence of 32 years in jail and fines of $120,000.

During a two-year period, the U.M.W. improperly...

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