Law: Bankrupt Ideology

For two years the organization of Political Extremist Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. has evaded payment of $21 million in fines imposed for ignoring subpoenas in the Government's credit-card fraud investigation of LaRouche's operations. Exasperated, the U.S. got inventive. Without informing LaRouche's lawyers, U.S. attorneys persuaded a federal judge to put three of LaRouche's outfits into involuntary bankruptcy. Next day U.S. marshals seized companies and offices nationwide, a rare Government use of a creditor's bankruptcy confiscation rights.

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