The good ol’ days at the DOJ: The Tipline for 26 June 2017

An article published by the Chicago Tribune 77 years ago reminds us how different reporting about antitrust once was. Headlined “Provide Bond in Antitrust Case” above a photo of the defendants leaving a courthouse, the story describes how Michael Carrozzo, “boss of Chicago street and construction labourers”, surrendered on a charge of conspiracy to violate the Sherman Act by restraining the use of ready-mixed concrete in the Chicago area. “He was released after posting $1,000 bond, being fingerprinted, and threatening to attack three newspaper photographers... Fashion note: Carrozzo wore a light gray gabardine suit and a cigar.” He died less than two months later, before ever going to trial.

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