February 22, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Tom Larson, First Assistant U.S. Attorney. His topic is "United States v. T.J. Pendergast." 
Tom Larson has served in the U.S. Attorney's Office since 1980. He served in the Criminal Division from 1980-1991 and in the Civil Division from 1994-2016. Larson has prior experience in the Civil Rights Division of the Dept. of Justice, the Federal Public Defender's Office, the Jackson Co. Public Defender's Office and as Jackson County Counselor. He is currently the First Assistant U.S. Attorney. 
Larson's presentation will focus on the initial investigation leading to the consequences of the 1939 case United States vs. T. J. Pendergast. That was the criminal tax evasion case that led to both the imprisonment of Tom (T.J.) Pendergast and more significantly, the end of the political machine that dominated electoral politics not only in Kansas City but throughout the entire state.
Larson's presentation will touch briefly on the rise of Pendergast but it will focus primarily on his final public years and the figures who played a prominent role in his final act.