Seabury vs. Walker Before "Judge" Roosevelt
The scene: Executive Chamber, Hall of Governors, the Capitol, Albany. The room opens off the Governor's private office on the second floor of the statehouse. On the cherry-paneled walls hang the portraits of all the governors of the Empire State, forgotten and famous, with the exception of the impeached Governor Sulzer. On the east side of the chamber, before cathedral windows, there is a great mahogany desk with a matching high-backed leather chair. A state trooper stands at either side of the Governor's chair. To the left, facing the desk, are the table and chairs for the accused and his defense counsel; to the right, a table and chairs for the accuser and his assistants. A waist-high brass rail separates those at stage center from the newspaper correspondents at the press tables and spectators on benches and standing against the walls.
The time: August 11 to September 1, 1932. During the late mornings and afternoons, sunlight streaks across the desks; during the night sessions, chandeliers cast a pale light over the room, intensifying the deep maroon in the carpeting.
The cast: Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, sitting as a judge in the removal proceedings against Mayor James J. Walker brought by Samuel Seabury and others. The Governor is aided by two special counsel, M. Maldwin Fcrtig and Martin Conboy. The Mayor's chief counsel is John J. Curtin, aided by Reuben A. Lazarus, assistant cor-