The Nation: Fee-for-AII

Did San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto owe the state of Washington and various local authorities a refund of $2.3 million? In court for 95 days since last October, lawyers and witnesses in Vancouver, Wash., produced a total of 9,675 exhibits and an estimated 3,500,000 words of testimony and arguments on that question. Last week the jury somehow came to a decision after only 10½ hours of deliberation. Their verdict: Alioto could keep the money.

It was by any measure a curious case. A highly successful antitrust lawyer in San Francisco before he became mayor, Alioto was asked in 1961 by the...

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