Nation: In the Dock

The trial of the President's pal

Hand in hand, smiling and seemingly without a care in the world, Bert and LaBelle Lance last week strode into the Richard Russell Federal Building in Atlanta. They headed for the gold-upholstered ceremonial courtroom on the 23rd floor, site of the most unpleasant event in Lance's go-go career. His long awaited trial for violating U.S. banking laws was about to begin, and he professed to be eager to get started. Said Lance: "We're ready to move ahead."

One of President Carter's closest friends, Lance served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget until he was...

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