The Secret Trial Of John Connally

Graham, Fred
June 1975
New Republic;6/21/75, Vol. 172 Issue 25, p7
Reports on the secret bribery trial of former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury John Connally. Legal charges framed in the trial; Reasons for the maintenance of secrecy in trial from the press; Secret rulings made by the chief judge George L. Hart, in the Connally case; Statement of the judge in response to the allegation made on the fairness of the judgment for the Secretary on the basis of racial discrimination; Information on the starting of secret trial of John Connally on January 17 1975; Information on preference of Judge Hart towards lawyer Edward Bennett Williams; Report on the prosecution suggesting that Connally had once offered President Nixon a payoff in the form of Texas oil; Demand of attorney Williams to abort the trial and transfer it to another city; Refusal of Judge Hart to stop the trial; Focus on the record that discloses that Judge Hart was told that he had filed a demand under the Freedom of Information Act.


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