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Horace W. Schmahl

Schmahl was a private investigator for the defense before the first trial. FBI documents obtained in 1975 showed that Schmahl was meeting regularly with prosecutor Thomas Murphy and the FBI during this time, turning over information he had found along with regular working papers of the defense. For Schmahl to have worked as an FBI "mole" was a violation of Hiss's Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial.