THE PRESIDENCY: Hercules Is Unwilling

The mighty man stepped gingerly into the Augean stables, sniffed once and backed out again. Hercules was unwilling, after all. Less than a week after Federal Judge Thomas Murphy let it be understood that he would take on the job of sweeping out the littered corruption of Harry Truman's Administration, he threw up his hands, turned his back on pail and broom.

One big explanation for Tom Murphy's change of heart was apparently the advice of his fellow jurists, among them, the cousins Learned and Augustus Hand of the U.S. court of appeals. They felt that federal judges should not...

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