The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 1, 1968 · Page 4
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 4

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FABULOUS DEPARTMENT STORES 4 Palm Beach Post Friday, November 1, 1968 Sensitive Cases Studied PRICES EFFECTIVE TOOM U I.M. THRU SATURDAY 10 P.M. WHILE QUANTITIES EAST. ..Alll!lfi COST! LIFETIME STAINLESS STEEL TUB & DRUM! CHIP PROOF RUST PROOF SMOOTH TO PROTECT CLOTHES WASHINGTON (NANA) -The Justice Department is studying a pair of supersensitive cases, and it appears in no hurry to act on either. One is linked to Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas' former law firm, the other to Hubert H. Humphrey. The Fortas matter involves documents which came to light unexpectedly when $.!.'i,(X)0 in antique jewelry' was stolen from the safe of Arnold & Porter, the influential firm of which the justice formerly was a senior partner. The jewelry belongs to Mrs. Carolyn Agger Fortas, the Justice's wife, a leading tax attorney and member of the firm. Early this year the documents were subpoenaed from a client, Donovan Wire & Iron Co. of Toledo, Ohio, but not pro-riitc.'d because it is claimed, they were forgotten in the safe unt ! t ie jewel thief scattered them on the floor. The Humphrey matter involves charges made by Rep. H.R. Gross, R-lowa, that the Rand Development Corp. of Cleveland, Ohio, and the Universal Fiberglass Corp. of Two Harbors, Minn., have defrauded the government of $2.1 million. Gross traced the alleged misconduct to persons close to the vice president. Despite the fact that the jewel theft occurred at the height of the Senate controversy surrounding her husband's nomination to be chief justice of the Supreme Court, Miss Agger, as Justice Fortas' wife is known professionally, insisted there was nothing to indicate It was more than "a routine robbery." The theft occurred August 26 but, mysteriously, no word of it appeared In the press until mid-October. The subpoenaed documents were sought In the case of Irwin Fruchtman, an official of the Donovan firm. After Indictment on a price-fixing charge, Fruchtman was tried in Federal District Court in Toledo, found guilty July 3, sentenced, and Is now free on bail pending appeal. On Sept. 20, the day he was sentenced, and almost a month after the jewel theft revealed the presence of the documents In the safe, they were brought Into court. 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Any suggestion that Arnold & Porter, with its links to the White House and Supreme Court, may have transgressed ', Is delicate business. A decision to question the firm's officials probably would be bucked up to Attorney General Ramsay Clark. i In 1964 Justice Fortas, then a member of the firm, and attorney Clark Clifford, now secretary of defense, were presidential emissaries who attempted to suppress news of White House aide Walter Jen-kljis' arrest on a morals charge. Miss Agger's clients include Lady Bird Johnson's right-hand woman Elizabeth Carpenter. In connection with Gross' charges against Rand and the Universal Fiberglass, the congressman claims the Justice Department has been "sitting on" evidence for almost seven months because of possible political repercussions. Universal, Gross said, was no more than a "shell" corporation when it was awarded a $13.3 million contract to manufacture post office mail trucks. 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