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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 14, 1911, Image 2

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'JURY REFUSES TO OBEY INSTRUCTIONS ; TOLD IT-CAN
STAY OUT TILL IT DOES; STAYING OUT
St Louis, Dec. 14. There is a
jury of twelve men here that is in
a peculiar predicament.
It 'was sitfing in the Circuit
, court, and last Tuesday, heard a
will contest suit.
When the hearing was- over,
Judge James E. Withrow in
structed the jury to bring in a ver
dict in favor of the defendant.
The foreman of the jury spoke
up, and said he didn't tihnk the
crdict ought to be in favor of the
defendant.
Judge Withrow said he didn't
care. All the judge wanted, ap
parently, was. that his instruc
tions should be obeyed.
The jury retired, put their
heads together, came back to
court, and announced that they
were not going to bring in a ver
dict in favor of the defendant.
Judge Withrow explained to
them that theyhad to, and sent
them back 1.0 the jury room. The
jury sent him a message that it
would not bring in the desired
verdict.
Yesterday, Judge Withrow
brought the jury into court once
more. He asked the foreman
if the jury had reached a verdict.
The jury had. The verdict was
in favor of the plaintiff.
Judge Withrow was peeved.
He produced many and wonder
ful legal arguments showing why
the jury must obey him. The jury
replied it didn't care about legal
arguments. It thought the ver
dict ought to be in favor of. the
plaintiff, and that was all there
to it.
Judge Withrow said, oh, very
well, and sent the jury back to
the jury room. "Think it over,"
he advised.
Today, the jury was once more
brought into court, and once
more the twelve men "stood on
their rights as American citizens"
and stood solid as solid could be,
too.
They were for the plaintiff,
they always would be for the
plaintiff, afcd .they weren't going
to sign any verdict against their
convictions on the instructions of
any judge on earth, with all re
spect to his honor on the bench.
Judge Withrow today again
made a long and legal argument
as to what they had to do, and
sent them back to the jury room.
He told them, asan afterthought,
that they could' stay out until
they agreed to do as he told them.
And the twelve good men and
true show every indication of
staying out as long as they please
so long as the county feeds and
boards them.
Earth will cease its revolutions
by the year 5000 says Prof. Bauer.
No comfort in' that for Madero.
Senator Smoot of Utah says
that "the day of hysteria has
reached its zenith." He means
business disturbances but you'd
really think he was referring to
some Utah women having done
their Christmas, shopping early,
wouldn't you?

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