Judge John M. Murtagh

Sunday, February 23, 1958

Chief Magistrate John Murtagh is congratulated by Judge Samuel Leibowitz as Brooklyn D.A. Edward Silver looks on, March 8, 1954. (Nick Sorrentino/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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

"Do you consider an addict a sick person or a criminal?
Do you plan any new anti-scofflaw tactics?
Has the proportion of youthful narcotics offenders increased?"

Editors of college newspapers interview Judge
John M. Murtagh on "the problems confronting
the City of New York and those of his court in
particular", with particular emphasis on drugs and narcotics laws.

Panelists include Ruth Corsnick, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; Jim Farrell, Fordham Lexigram; and Peter Franklin, City College Observation Post.

WNYC's Mary McDonald moderates.

Damaged disc.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 73517
Municipal archives id: LT7936


John M. Murtagh


Ruth Corsnick, Jim Farrell, Peter Franklin and Mary McDonald


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