CRIME: Second Time Around

James Michael Curley had come full circle, and he looked it. Even before he began his spectacular political career—four terms as Boston's mayor, one term as Massachusetts governor and three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives—Curley had done time for trying to defraud the Civil Service Commission. Now, 72, gaunt with sickness, he was back in jail, this time for using the mails to defraud.

Curley had fought his conviction and sentence through U.S. Appellate and Supreme Courts, and lost. Last week, in the Washington District Court of Judge James M. Proctor, he made a...

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