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William Remington

The case of William Remington was one of the most tragic of the era. Remington, like Alger Hiss, denied espionage charges against him (in his case, by Elizabeth Bentley) and, like Hiss, sued for libel. The case was settled out of court for $10,000. Remington, who served the New Deal in several capacities, was cleared by the Loyalty Board. He also denied the charge before HUAC but was indicted by a grand jury whose foreman co-wrote Bentley's autobiography. He was convicted, but the case was thrown out of court. At a second trial, he was again convicted of perjury. This time the verdict stood. While in the Lewisburg penitentiary (where Hiss was also jailed), Remington was killed by a mentally disturbed prisoner.