Miss America Wins Again

Bess Myerson went to extremes -- but not to bribery

To federal prosecutors, Bess Myerson was the embodiment of the woman who loved too much: a New York City official who bribed respected state Supreme Court Justice Hortense Gabel to cut her boyfriend's alimony payments by giving Gabel's troubled daughter a job at the cultural affairs commission. To the daughter, Sukhreet Gabel, Myerson was a manipulative opportunist who banished her when the scam broke in the newspapers. To ex-wife Nancy Capasso, Myerson was a harridan who stole her husband Andy, moved into her house and wore her clothes. But to a federal jury charged with deciding her fate, Myerson was still...

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