Nation: Abscam (Contd.)

Once again, a guilty verdict

Congressman Frank Thompson Jr., 62, of Trenton, N.J., is a 26-year House veteran and the highly respected chairman of its Administration Committee. Congressman John M. Murphy, 54, of Staten Island is chairman of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. Last week they became the most powerful men convicted in the Abscam probe to date. A Brooklyn jury found Thompson guilty of bribery and conspiracy and convicted Murphy of receiving an unlawful gratuity, conflict of interest and conspiracy. They face jail sentences of up to 22 years for Thompson and nine for Murphy.

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