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This is from the front page of the Wall Street Journal (today, 2/27/04)
If you don't have access to the paper, or aren't a subscriber to wsj.com, and would like to see the rest of the article, send me a PM.
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Smith & Wesson Chairman Quits
As Past Armed Robberies Surface

By VANESSA O'CONNELL
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The chairman of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., the nation's second-largest gun manufacturer, resigned after it was disclosed that he spent time in prison in the 1950s and '60s for an armed-robbery spree and an attempted prison escape.

James J. Minder, a 74-year-old management consultant and Smith & Wesson board member who became chairman in January, has had a clean criminal record since his 1969 release from prison. But the disclosure comes at an awkward time for the gun maker. It has had several tough years, including a public-relations debacle four years ago that hurt sales and a still-pending investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into its earnings restatements.

Several Smith & Wesson directors initially backed Mr. Minder before he resigned, though people familiar with the matter say he still remains on the board. That could put the company, an icon of the gun world, in an awkward situation, because convicted felons aren't by law allowed to own or possess firearms.

Mr. Minder seemed like a safe choice as chairman after Mitchell A. Saltz, currently a board member, stepped down as chairman. But, as reported by the Arizona Republic earlier this month, Mr. Minder spent 15 years in Michigan prisons for his crimes and ultimately confessed to eight armed robberies.

One local newspaper said he was known for carrying a sawed-off 16-gauge shotgun. He was a journalism student at the University of Michigan when sentenced to 3½ to 10 years in prison in 1951 for robbing a store. He was on parole when he was arrested a few years later following a car chase and sentenced for the robberies. One headline about him read, "Student by day, bandit by night."...
 

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No big deal really. Poor old fool makes money as a consultant and board member for S&W. As long as he wasn't taking certain products home or using them. And ya know, the 16 gauge is kinda making a mild comeback.
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S&W employees bought themselves out from under their old Anti-gun, British-shitbird company that was in bed with Clinton. That wasn't big news of course!

Kids,
Stop posting these long-winded tabloid things! Gee-Whiz!
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