Oral Histories From the 10th Circuit

by Julia Cardi

Shortly before his death in May, Judge Richard Matsch, best known as the judge who presided over the Oklahoma City bombing trials, had finished a series of interviews for an oral history of his life and career by the 10th Circuit Historical Society.

The 240-page transcript is a remarkably thorough record of Matsch’s early life, career and judicial philosophies given his reclusive and unapproachable reputation. The oral history is part of a renewed effort by the 10th Circuit Historical Society to document the careers of well-known judges within the circuit’s six states. This month, reporter Julia Cardi sits down with the judge who interviewed Matsch to talk about the historical society’s oral histories and his sessions with Matsch.

Reporter: Julia Cardi
Managing editor: Tony Flesor