CRIME: California's Witness

Fortnight ago the California Supreme Court, which has jurisdiction over the pardon petitions of second offenders, refused to approve the release of Warren Billings, onetime labor agitator jailed for life for bombing San Francisco's Preparedness Day parade 14 years ago. Thomas Mooney, another agitator sentenced with Billings, was only a first offender. He could and did petition Governor Clement Calhoun Young directly (TIME, July 14). Last week the Governor shattered Mooney's immediate hope, refused him a pardon also.

The petitions had been filed following long investigation by...

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