The Nation: Big Jim's Hat

In his four years as U.S. Attorney in Chicago, James R. ("Big Jim") Thompson has racked up a stunning crime-busting record. He has indicted 356 federal, state and local officials, as well as 89 Chicago policemen, winning conviction in 90% of the cases so far resolved. Among the most prominent were the conviction of former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner on charges of bribery, tax evasion and mail fraud, the conviction of six Chicago aldermen on charges of mail fraud, conspiracy and bribery, and the successful prosecution of Mayor Richard Daley's press secretary on charges of mail fraud. A strapping (6...

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