National Affairs: Justice v. Justice

A distinguished St. Louis federal judge last week told in detail how the Department of Justice reached out from Washington to interfere with a federal grand jury's investigation into tax-fraud cases. The investigation ultimately led to 31 indictments, including one against Harry Truman's old friend, James P. Finnegan of St. Louis, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue (TIME, Oct. 22). Finnegan was convicted of misconduct in office, fined $10,000 and sentenced to two years.

"Early in 1951," said Federal Judge George H. Moore in a deposition to the Chelf judiciary subcommittee, "I was becoming increasingly disturbed about the handling of tax cases....

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