Hearing for Tom Mooney

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Report from California regarding the pardon of Tom Mooney by Judge Olsen after 22 years of imprisonment.

An unnamed reporter describes the opening of the trial and introduces Governor Culbert Olson. Olson introduces the hearing and asks if anyone has opposition to the pardoning of Mooney. When no one speaks up, George T. Davis, Mooney's attorney, is allowed to speak. He calls the time it has taken to pardon Mooney is a disgrace to the people of California and states that Tom Mooney was convicted upon perjured testimony and a failure of the judiciary. He insists the law should be changed to prevent this to happen again.

Olson speaks again about his reasons for re-opening the Mooney case, mentioning specifically Warren Billings.

Ends abruptly.

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Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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