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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 15, 1912, Image 2

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-earthing a criminal conspiracy to
"railroad" him to prison.
Witnesses before the grand
jury today proved that the "crim
inal, record," which was responsi
ble for the sentence, unprecedent
edly heavy for a first offense, was
"faked," corroborating the state
ment of Lieut. Woolridge that he
had not investigated any of the
allegations of dishonesty made
against Brandt.
A letter purporting to have
Judge Rosalsky, who sentenced
Brandt for 30 years in order, it is
alleged, to break his association
with a member of Schiffs house
hold. been written by Howard S. Gans,
Schiff's attorney, to then Police
Inspector McLaughlin, pointed
to Gans as one of the conspirators
and the man at whose behest the
"record" had been prepared. In
the letter Gans said he wanted a
"record for Brandt which .will in
ru"e a heavy sentence."
That Gans feai indictment
v . indicated when he retained
DeLancey Nicoll as his .lawyer.
Gans declined to discuss the case,
except to say that at all times he
had represented Schiff in a "per
fectly legal manner."
The jury also took up the al
legation that while Brandt was
in the Tombs awaiting sentence,
a conference was held at the Cri
terion club', at which Judge Ros
alsky, who later gave Brandt 30
years; Schiff, Gans, McLaughlin
and a man known as Rothschild,
were present.
Judge Rosalsky denied that he
had ever participated in such a
conference, and said he had never
been inside the Criterion club.
It is generally believed that the
grand jury will return at least
two, and possibly five, indict
ments for conspiracy against the
mn already named. This atti
tude is significant in view of the
fact that there were five partici
pants in the alleged conference in
the Criterion club. A report will
probably be made within a week.
Meanwhile, it seems assured
that Brandt will be pardoned.
Justice Gerard has practically
threatened to Gov. Dix that he
will sustain the writ of habeas
corpus and cancel the sentence
already imposed on Brandt if he
is not immediately released. This
canceling of the sentence would
make it plain that Justice Gerard
believed Rosalsky's action in sen
tencing Brand was illegal.
If Brandt is not pardoned, but
is given a new trial by Justice
Gerard, the question of prefioss
jeopardy will be raised, and it is
the belief of lawyers ' that the
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