Nation: House Felon

Soul-searching in Michigan

To his friends and supporters, Michigan Legislator Monte R. Geralds, 43, was a man who seemed well launched into a promising if modest political career. A decade ago, he was named Outstanding Young Man by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in his home town of Madison Heights, a Detroit suburb. Two years later he was elected mayor. The father of five and a practicing attorney, Geralds attracted attention by sponsoring a town ordinance that made parents liable to jail sentences or fines if their negligence contributed to criminal acts by their children. In 1974 Democrat Geralds parlayed his reputation...

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