Matthew Brady (lawyer)

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Matthew A. Brady was a district attorney in San Francisco from 1919 through 1943.

Brady defeated previous district attorney Charles Fickert, who was responsible for the conviction of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings in the Preparedness Day bombing. By 1926, he was convinced that Mooney and Billings were unjustly convicted. In a letter to Governor Friend W. Richardson, Brady wrote "If these matters that have developed during the trials could be called to the attention of a court that had jurisdiction to grant a new trial, undoubtedly a new trial would be granted. Furthermore, if a new trial were granted, there would be no possibility of convicting Mooney or Billings." In 1935, he empaneled a grand jury and hired private investigator Edwin Atherton to report on police corruption in the San Francisco Police Department.

Brady presided over numerous high-profile cases in the 1920s and 1930s, including the three Fatty Arbuckle murder trials, arrest and roundup of Communists, the Atherton Report produced in 1937 by Edwin Atherton, which reports on investigations of police corruption in San Francisco.

In 1936, Brady was D.A. during the infamous sterilization plot charged by Ann Cooper Hewitt, 21-year-old heiress, and daughter of Peter Cooper Hewitt, against her mother, Marion Jeanne Andrews, accused of sterilizing her daughter, Ann, to thwart an inheritance dependent on the young woman having children, in a climate of California Eugenics law, and aided by Dr. Tilton E Tillman and Samuel G. Boyd.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

He was defeated for reelection by Pat Brown in 1943, which was the second time the two had competed for the office.

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  3. ^ "The sordid story of the once-popular eugenics movement". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Romeo Vitelli. "Sterilizing The Heiress". Providentia. Retrieved 19 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Wendy, Kline. "A new deal for the child: Ann Cooper Hewitt and sterilization in the 1930s". repository.library.georgetown.edu. Retrieved 19 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "EUGENICS IN CALIFORNIA, 1896-1945 by Joseph W. Sokolik". txstate.edu. Retrieved 19 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  9. ^ Payne, G.S. (April 2010). "The Curious Case of Ann Cooper Hewitt" (PDF). History Magazine.
  10. ^ Currell, Susan; Cogdell, Christina (19 October 2018). Popular Eugenics: National Efficiency and American Mass Culture in the 1930s. Ohio University Press. ISBN 9780821416914. Retrieved 19 October 2018 – via Google Books. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Kirsten Spicer. "A Nation of Imbeciles": The Human Betterment Foundation's Propaganda for Eugenics Practices in California. Chapman University". chapman.edu. Retrieved 19 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "American Experience The Eugenics Crusade Premieres Tuesday, October 16 on PBS A Cautionary Tale About the Quest for Human Perfection". Archived from the original on 2018-10-19. Retrieved 2020-03-29.

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