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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 30, 1912, Image 13',
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DID DARROW MAKE A MISTAKE?
It is only fair to assume that Clarence Darrow is innocent until
proven guilty, of course. But if it should happen that he is guilty ol
Bribing jurors in the McNamara case, his chief offending will be
that he did it for members of a labor union.
Everybody who knows anything" of modern court practice
knows that bribery of jurors is a part of .the regular practice of big
Nearly every big public service corporation in the country ha's.
as part of its legal staff; men wjiose business it is to "get next'" t'o
jurors, so as to hold down the verdicts inpersonal injury cases.
And nobody is fool enough to imagine that such agents depend1
wholly on moral suasion when they fix juries.
It is common knowledge that public service corporations bribe
not only juries, but-councils, legislatures, and even courts.
But the fellow who bribes for Big Business has pull enough
back of him to get away with it. The man who does it, ot attempts
to do it for some poor devil without a pull, generally gets caught
The principle, or lack of it, is about the same as in the Mc
Namara case. The standard Oil trust's agents blew up the refineries
of its rivals, and in order to establish a monopoly in oil, resorted to
direct or indirect murder.
But it got away with it, drove its rivals out of business and
established its monopoly. And Big Business not only looked on
-with approval, but actually adopted Standard methods.
But the Standard didn't violate the" eleventh commandment
it didn't get caught.
The McNamaras did. And Big Business wasn't back of them.
As for jury bribing, the Darrow case is unusual. While the
same thing is so common with corporation laws that it has become
-.a part of the regular corporation practice, it has seldom been at
tempted to save the under dog.
The present national outcry against judges grows out of the
well-known fact that Big Business, by its' own peculiar method's,
has had too big a pull with judicial puppets.
It may not have' been so vulgar as to hand out the cold cash,
but railroad passes, tips on the stock market, free use of priva'te
cars, employment of law "partners of judges, and other ways bl
reaching very human judges, have .been employed for many years
And downright bribery of jurors for the benefit of the richan(3
powerful is so notorious that people' Have ceased to be shocked by it
But if Darrow tried it "for the McNamaras he ma'de a mistake
It-was too muchflike poaching on a 'duke's me' preserves. And
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