Regarding the Dec. 9 Magazine article “A matter of conviction”:

Gene Weingarten’s story is beautifully written. His portrayal of federal prosecutor Brian Murtagh is touching. Murtagh has been, up to now, an unsung, forgotten hero. His career has suffered from his staying the course with the ongoing case against Jeffrey MacDonald, yet he soldiers on. Weingarten deserves another Pulitzer for this work.

Lillian H. (Ellyn) Pence,


What possible reason can there be for The Post’s inappropriate and irrelevant references to Brian Murtagh’s size, style and manner? This nation should honor dedicated civil servants such as Murtagh, whose career commitment to public service is far more admirable than if he had dedicated himself to the corporate buck. He has earned great credit for his pursuit of the Jeffrey MacDonald and Pan Am Flight 103 cases. And he deserves an apology for the pointless snide comments that appear throughout this otherwise fine article.

Lee Bassoff, McLean