TRIALS: Big John at the Bar

The tall silver-haired man striding down the Washington corridor could have been the sleek candidate for the U.S. presidency that he once seemed destined to become. "Hiya, John B.," said a passer-by with a warm slap on the shoulder. Despite such joviality, John B. Connally, 58, was heading toward U.S. District Judge George L. Hart's courtroom to face trial. The charges: accepting a $10,000 gratuity for influencing President Nixon to increase federal milk-price supports in 1971. Three times Governor of Texas, and Secretary of the Treasury under Nixon, Connally looked tense last...

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