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Jury selection begins in another Abscam case

By With Analysis from Monitor Correspondents around the world, Edited by Randy Shipp / September 4, 1980


Jury selection began Wednesday in the Abscam bribery-conspiracy case against Rep. John W. Jenrette Jr. (D) of South Carolina and co-defendant John Stowe. Representative Jenrette was indicted for allegedly accepting a $50,000 payoff from an undercover FBI agent posing as an associate of an Arab businessman in exchange for introducing a private immigration bill in Congress. Opening statements are scheduled for Thursday, with the trial expected to last two or three weeks.

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Last week, Rep. Michael O. Myers (D) of Pennsylvania and three others were convicted of Abscam bribery and conspiracy charges in New York.