INVESTIGATIONS: Indicting Hughes

As the capricious and supremely autocratic ruler of a business empire worth billions, Howard Hughes has spent almost as much time and trouble fighting legal problems as the germs about which he constantly worries. In 1973, after a twelve-year court fight, he finally upset a $180 million judgment against him for allegedly mismanaging TWA, and he is currently being sued by his former chief lieutenant, Robert Maheu, for $17 million on grounds of libel.

Last week Hughes faced his first criminal charge. Along with four present or former business associates, including Maheu, Hughes was indicted...

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