Massachusetts: Corruption Is Commonplace

"It has been quite a sighed Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke. And that was an understatement. For even the Massachusetts Statehouse, where corruption is commonplace, had not seen anything like this in a long while.

A grand jury last week indicted 26 individuals and nine corporations on 217 counts involving bribery and conspiracy. The charges were the result of work by a seven-man crime commission set up in 1962 by Republican Governor John Volpe. The biggest name involved was that of Democrat John Thompson, 43, hard-drinking speaker of the Massachusetts house, whose tight-fisted control of the legislature earned him...

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