U.S. At War: That Lepke

The State of New York wants to electrocute a grubby little murderer named Louis ("Lepke") Buchalter, but cannot: he is safe in Federal custody on a 14-year dope-peddling sentence (TIME, Dec. 13).

Governor Tom Dewey has hinted broadly that the U.S. Government has sinister reasons for not giving Lepke up. U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle has retorted that Tom Dewey has never asked for the prisoner—in quite the exact, technically legal way Mr. Biddle requires.

Roosevelt-hating Columnist Westbrook Pegler bluntly "explained" this genteel, political tug of war in a way that reflected no particular...

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