In "The Donovan Trial" {editorial, May 27} The Post tells us, "We were not among Mr. Donovan's admirers when he ran the Department of Labor." Perhaps the understatement was intentional. The Post's pursuit of the man was relentless from the time of his arrival in Washington. The truth is that he was never given that grace period accorded most appointed officials when they assume office.

Those of us who have known Mr. Donovan over the years know him to be a man of character, intelligence and generosity. He came to Washington with high hopes of serving the country he loves, and his reward has been a prolonged agony and frightful personal expense to defend himself against charges that were shown very early to be baseless. If having met, talked to or been in contact with criminals is grounds for bringing criminal charges, whole industries in this country would be depopulated, and one high on the list would be the newspaper industry.

The only benefit anyone has derived from the ordeal inflicted on Ray Donovan and his wife and children is that we have been shown again the wisdom of those who included the right of trial by jury in the Bill of Rights. In this case 12 rather ordinary Americans applied common sense and common decency in rendering a judgment about malicious nonsense.

AGNES J. BACHMANN Alexandria