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Fritz Kuhn Termed ‘threat to Civil Liberties’ by Dewey

District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey, called to the witness stand today by defense counsel in the trial of German-American Bund leader Fritz Kuhn for embezzlement, testified that he regarded Kuhn as a “menace to the community and probably a threat to civil liberties.”

Asked by Defense Counsel Peter Sabbatino if he had any personal animus against Kuhn, Dewey replied: “I should say that never having seen the man I have no personal feeling — but I regarded him as a menace to the community and probably a threat to civil liberties.”

Asked if he had a “strong hatred” against the defendant, the District Attorney replied: “It would be difficult to call it hatred. I would say it was contempt rather than hatred.”

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