Reprimands asked for two

The House Ethics Committee declared seven months ago that, although it was continuing to investigate, it had been unable to document accusations, made by two Capitol Hill pages, of sexual liaisons between Congressmen and their teen-age gofers during 1981 and 1982. Washington greeted the finding with understandable relief—prematurely. Last week the Ethics Committee recommended that the full House "reprimand" two Representatives, Democrat Gerry Studds of Massachusetts and Republican Daniel Crane of Illinois, for having had sex with pages in 1973 and 1980, respectively.

A reprimand—an official statement of disapproval—is the House's mildest form of punishment for serious misconduct by...

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