National Affairs: False Witness

Convicted last week in a Manhattan Federal Court on five counts of perjury: Harvey Marshall Matusow, former paid Communist functionary (1947-50) and paid anti-Communist informer (1950-54), who once observed: "I don't even trust myself." Matusow had testified that an Assistant U.S. Attorney had coached him to testify falsely at the 1952 trials of 13 second-string Communist leaders. "He didn't lie to protect himself," summed up U.S. Attorney Paul W. Williams. "He lied to implicate others, to destroy our judicial system and to discredit persons and Government agencies fighting the Communist menace." The sentence: five years.


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