SOVIET UNION: Ruble Rumble

Convicted as planned

One Soviet witness swore she made contact with Defendant Francis Jay Crawford in Room 1821 of Moscow's Intourist Hotel to arrange illegal ruble-dollar exchanges; in fact, Crawford was staying seven floors away in Room 1120. Another Soviet insisted that similar transactions occurred last December, even though Crawford was in the U.S. at the time. Other defendants, meanwhile, urged Crawford to change his plea and admit guilt along with them.

Normally, against such a half-cocked prosecution, even a fledgling Perry Mason ought to be able to spring his client in a...

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