Column: Untouchable Ness deserving of honor




The ATF can’t seem to catch a break … even when it comes to naming a headquarters building.

The much-maligned (by gun nuts) Justice Department agency has plans to formally attach the name of its most illustrious alumnus — Eliot Ness of “Untouchables” fame — to its relatively new, architecturally interesting nerve center here but has run into protest from a couple of politicians from Chicago.

For those of you too young to be familiar with the Ness story, that’s where Prohibition-era gangsters held sway under the beady eyes of the most infamous of American crime lords, Alfonse Capone, until Ness and his boys helped bring him to the bar of justice on income tax charges. There have been arguments ever since over the role Ness and his men, portrayed in a bestselling book, popular TV series and motion picture, actually played in the entire affair.

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