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CONNOLLY'S BROADSIDE ON THE COURTS' '
"You must not speak ill of our judges, young man. Don't'
you know they stand between us and anarchy? It is the duty of
every Americaa citizen to respect and reverence the judiciary, and17
why should you criticize it?" '
A sober-faced man said this to Herbert Quick, the author, in
iWashington, not long ago, and Quick replied: "Good gracious
man! the judges are safe. The only thing we can possibly do" to'
them is to criticize them. Please don't take from me that right."'
C P. Connolly, whose broadside against the corrupt judiciary
is quoted in another column; in The Day Book today, has set for
himself the task of proving to at least a section of the American
people that they need not pay reverence to dishonest judges, any'
more than to cfooked aldermen; both are evil and deserve equal '
contempt He declares that he will rip away the shams that veil
corruption on the bench, polluting the whole judicial system. He
promises to show that Big Business often sits on the bench in many
state and federal courts, cunningly and infamously cheating the
little litigant whose very faith in his flag is based upon his right of
egual justice. ' , ' "
Connolly makes many grave charges in his article and prom-''
jses many more. He says he will publish nothing that he cannotr
prove in court.
Connolly is to be congratulated by the American people for his5
courage to turn the calcium of publicity upon a department'of gov-""
ernment that is constitutionally irresponsible and in countless in-
stances in recent times has so flagrantly and commonly abused pub
lie confidence as to deserve more than suspicious criticism as to
deserve a rigid probing, punishment for wrongs inflicted, and heT
placed under restraint, such as the recall system and thus com-
pelled to respond to public opinidn and enlightened policies.
If the writer succeeds in accomplishing nothing more than''
awakening people from the antique notion that because a lawyer
has donned ermine he is above criticism and merits reverence
whether good or evil, right or wrong, a service of immeasureable
good will have been rendered. "
San Jose, Cal., jury has decid
ed that 3 stableful of jackasses'is,
not a disturber of the peace of so
ciety. If you ever heard a San
Jose society girl manual labor a
piano, you'd know why'tKat? jury
was charitable toward jackasses.
Philadelphia's area is over
twice that of New York City's,'
but you never want to stay, there
twice as long. -
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