The Law: Bellies to a Buzz Saw

The way the Maryland Bar Association saw it, Spiro Agnew's uncontested conviction for tax evasion, along with the lengthy list of charges that were not going to be prosecuted, clearly added up to the sort of "moral turpitude" that required disbarment. Agnew himself admitted that he deserved to be temporarily suspended as a practicing lawyer.

But, argued his attorneys, disbarment was "going a little far,"—especially since the offense involved "nothing wrong insofar as his clients are concerned." The three Maryland judges who heard the case are expected to announce their decision this week....

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