Mock trial of Joe McCarthy

SHERIDAN — In 1954, Wyoming Sen. Lester Hunt committed suicide in his Senate office in Washington, D.C. A recent book by Rodger McDaniel of Cheyenne, “Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt,” explores the circumstances surrounding Hunt’s death, specifically the role that Sen. Joe McCarthy (R. Wis) played in the tragedy.

To examine this event and the dirty politics that plagued the 1950s, the Sheridan County Museum is holding a mock trial that charges Joe McCarthy with aggravated blackmail.

The mock trial will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Sheridan College’s Whitney Academic Building, room 153.

A variety of community members, including local attorneys, high school students and Sheridan College theater students will serve as lawyers, witnesses and jurors.

McDaniel will be present to sign copies of his book, which will be available for sale at the event. Books can also be purchased at the Sheridan County Museum.

The mock trial is free, but donations to the museum will be accepted.

For more information call the museum at 675-1150 or see www.sheridancountyhistory.org.


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