JUDICIARY: Jersey Justice

In a crowded Newark courtroom, Thomas F. Meaney last week took oath as Federal District Court Judge for New Jersey. Judge Guy L. Fake made a little speech of welcoming praise. Said Judge Meaney, with a moist eye, a lumped throat: "I can only say what is in my heart, and that is gratitude."

Barred from the courtroom was the unpleasant truth: that Judge Meaney was a protégé of notorious Jersey Boss Frank Hague, that he had been appointed by the President in a deal for Hague votes next fall, that the Senate had venally confirmed the venal appointment, despite...

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