Hearing for Tom Mooney

Saturday, January 07, 1939

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

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.

For more details on the hear and the Mooney case please go

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 6003


George T. Davis and Culbert Olson


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Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

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