THE CABINET: Speed & Spine

When pious Frank Murphy of Michigan took over the Department of Justice from Homer Stilleé Cummings of Connecticut, more than 100,000 cases were on the dockets of its U. S. District Attorneys. Many (mostly civil cases) had been there for two years or more. On his dramatic "inspection tour" by airplane three weeks ago, which was followed by the indictment of Democratic Boss Tom Pendergast of Kansas City,* Mr. Murphy commanded his D. A.s to show speed in clearing those clogged dockets, and spine in resisting political pressures that might be exerted to delay or deflect cases pending against...

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