National Affairs: Finding of Fact

A dust-dry little dispatch out of the U.S. Court of Claims last week almost legally proved that Franklin Roosevelt once made a mistake—a thing he has only once publicly admitted (TIME, June 2).

In a 115-page finding of fact, Court Commissioner Richard H. Akers found that there was no fraud in the airmail contracts canceled in 1934. Mr. Akers almost charged the President with a mistake, but then backed delicately away, leaving final decision to the Court. But one fact seemed clear: the Army need not have taken over the airmail routes; the deaths...

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