TRIALS: Easy on Kerner

The man standing before Federal Judge Robert L. Taylor was impeccably groomed and held himself ramrod stiff. In a loud and clear voice, Otto Kerner last week vowed before a packed courtroom in Chicago that he would "continue to challenge the erroneous verdict rendered against me." With that, Judge Taylor sentenced Kerner, 64, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge and twice Governor of Illinois, and Co-Defendant Theodore Isaacs to three years in prison and $50,000 in fines. In February, a jury had found both guilty of taking part in a dubious race-track stock deal in which Kerner, while Governor,...

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