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A Triumphant MurphyThomas Murphy

Murphy, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, was thrust into the national spotlight when he became prosecutor in both Hiss trials. After the second trial conviction, Murphy, seen here at left, was appointed first as Police Commissioner of New York City and later to the federal bench. Hiss's coram nobis petition filed in 1978 documented numerous examples of prosecutorial misconduct by Murphy and his staff.