The Press: Case Closed

During the 1950 off-year election campaign, Chicago Sun-Times Reporter Ray Brennan got hold of a fine exclusive story. He reported the secret testimony before the Kefauver crime committee of Chicago's Democratic candidate for Cook County sheriff, "Tubbo" ("richest cop in the world") Gilbert. Largely as a result of Brennan's story, Gilbert and the entire Cook County Democratic machine were sunk on election day. But a federal grand jury indicted Brennan for impersonating a federal employee to get the secret testimony. Reporter Brennan won the first round of his case when the Government dropped its charges because of "questionable" evidence (TIME, Feb....

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