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The KHOU-TV Collection - McClelland Court of Inquiry and NASA Group 2 (1962)

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

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  •  McClelland Court of Inquiry - Key Testimony: Harris County District Attorney Frank Briscoe questions key witness Jerry O’Brien during a court of inquiry regarding Probate Judge Clem McClelland  
  •  James Bryson Martin takes issue with Briscoe’s line of questioning 
  •  Richard Putney takes the stand 
  •  District Judge Sam Davis outlines the purpose of the inquiry and how it differentiates from a trial 
  •  Briscoe comments on the proceedings 
  •  Color Film - New Astronauts: Brief introduction to NASA Group 2,  the second group of astronauts selected by NASA in September 1962.  
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This unedited news footage from Houston’s KHOU captures courtroom scenes from the 1962 court of inquiry regarding Probate Judge Clem McClelland. Harris County District Attorney Frank Briscoe questions insurance salesman Jerry O’Brien and attorneys James Bryson Martin and Richard Putney. Briscoe later comments on the proceedings, telling the reporter that he intends to file charges the next week. All four men were indicted on June 20 on charges of theft, appropriation, and conversion of estates to their own use. McClelland was subsequently disbarred. He went to trial in early 1963, where he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison. McClelland served 23 months after receiving parole. Also included in the footage are screen tests featuring the astronauts of NASA Group 2, also known as the New Nine. NASA announced their selection in September 1962.
The digital preservation of this collection was made possible by a grant to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Houston Public Library from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library Houston Area Digital Archives website.