The Margaret Sanger Papers

McInerney, James J. (1875-1941)

Lawyer and judge. Married Eva Frost Behr, six children. Admitted to the bar in 1897, McInerney was elected as an Assemblyman in Brooklyn's Third District from 1899-1902. He declined renomination in 1903, and the following year was appointed deputy commissioner of charities for Brooklyn and Queens. In 1908 McInerney was appointed to the Court of Special Sessions in Brooklyn. He served on the bench for thirty years, during which he presided over William Sanger's trial for distribution of Family Limitation in 1915. In 1916 McInerney was assigned to preside over Margaret Sanger's 1916 trial for opening the Brownsville clinic, but recused himself when Sanger accused him of bias.