It was always assumed that John Connally was the greatest living practitioner of fast-on-the-draw, sleight-of-hand Texas politics, and much too smart ever to be caught on the wrong side of the law. That theory was shaken last week when Connally was indicted on five counts of accepting an illegal gratuity, perjury and obstruction of justice for his role in the White House milk scandal. If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 19 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

Connally's alleged $10,000 bribe was actually only a small piece of...

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