In early October 1943, Fairbanks businessman Roy Tanksley, 43, was charged with raping a 19 year-old woman from San Francisco who had been in Fairbanks less than a week. Defendants definitely received a speedy trial in war-time Fairbanks.
The Tanksley trial was held October 27-28 in the old federal court building, Judge Harry Pratt presiding. A jury of 10 men and two women quickly found Tanksley guilty.
But that's not the end of the story, Tanksley's attorneys, led by Cecil Clegg and Julien Hurley, appealed on a number of grounds, starting with the argument that Tanksley's Sixth Amendment rights had been violated - he had not received a public trial, they contended.
The trial transcript provides details of the basis for this unusual argument, made before a circuit court that had changed dramatically after Franklin Roosevelt became president.
About the Presenter:
Veteran journalist Michael Carey will introduce you to the players in the trial, the circumstances, and war-time Fairbanks. Carey was born and raised in Fairbanks. After finishing high school, he attended Ithaca College and Duke University. He has been in Alaska journalism for more than 30 years and is currently an Anchorage Daily News columnist. He also is the host of the public affairs show "Alaska Edition" for Alaska Public Media. Carey lives in Anchorage.