CRIME: Sentence of a Boss

Up for reckoning in a U. S. district court as a tax-dodger this week came Kansas City, Mo.'s sick Boss Tom Pendergast. His power to make Missouri Governors and U. S. Senators had failed to unmake charges that he evaded Federal income taxes on $443,550, allegedly took $315,000 of that sum in slush from insurance companies (TIME, April 17).

When Tom Pendergast appeared in court with Tom Jr., his nephew James, and two attorneys, his mind was made up, his face was flushed. With what dignity remained to him, he took a seat before Federal Judge Merrill E. Otis, let...

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