CHASING GOOD-TIME CHARLIE

MIKE ESPY IS INDICTED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES, BUT CAN THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL CONVINCE A JURY?

It was a long way from the family funeral-home business in Yazoo City, Miss., to a seat in the President's Cabinet in Washington. It has been an even longer trip back. Since he became one of the President's discredited men and resigned in 1994, former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy has been practicing law in his home state--and waiting for what finally came last week.

After spending almost three years and more than $9 million, Donald Smaltz became the first among the independent counsels examining the behavior of the Clinton Administration to bring charges against his main quarry. Smaltz threw a whole...

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