CORRUPTION: Misdemeanor

In New York State, it is no great crime to spit in a subway car or on the street. It is no great crime to wake sleeping citizens with ribald songs, to walk on the grass. According to the State statutes these are only misdemeanors, minor offences which are not felonies. For a misdemeanor, a man may spend at most a year in jail, pay a $500 fine.

Maurice E. Connolly, for 17 years Borough President of Queens, N. Y., has not been spitting, grass-walking, disturbing. But last week, in the Queens County Court House, he was convicted of conspiracy to...