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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 14, 1912, Image 21',
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- LEWIS IS IN AGAIN
Our old friepd Roman G.
Lewis, assistant preventer of the
prosecution of those who break
the .city ordinances and state
'laws, has forced -his-way into the
limelight onee more.
Lewis is given $2,000 a year of
the people's money and the title
of "assistant city prosecutor" by
gracfc of Chief City Prosecutor
Mclnerney, supposed to have
be6h acting On behalf of the peo
ple. The last time Lewis horned his
way into print was when he ap
peared to defend two labor agents
accused of breaking the laws of
the state in the Desplaines street.
The Day Book at 'that time
asked Chief Prosecutor Mclner
ney how.it-came that men paid by
the people to prosecute offenddrs
were so busy defending them.
Mclnerney indulgently ex
plained to The Day Book that the
people only pay assistant city
prosecutors $2,000 a year, a mere
pitjtance, and that for this amount
- the assistants were only-supposed
to prosecute the offendors ap
pearing ih one coUrt.
"If my assistants wish to de
fend offendors in Municipal
Courts other than the particular
orie to which they are attached,"
Said Mclnerney, "they are quite
within theirrights in doing so."
Mclnerney then went on to ex
plain that $2,000, or nearly $7
each working day, wasn't nearly
endugh to allow a man to keep a
family on, and that mahy of his
assistants therefore increased
their, income by private practice.
It occurred to The Day BookT
that the people ought to know1
aboUt the poverty-stricken condi-J
tion in which they were keeping
their servants, and told the people
about; it, thus arousing the wrath
of Lewis attd Mclnerney, both of
Whom are modest, retiring gen
tlemen. This time Lewis has horned his
way into notice, not by defending1
a breaker of the laws, but by hot
prosecuting one. Lewis did this
to oblige a friend, another of the
people's assistant preventers olf
The case of Edward Prinde
ville, charged with breaking the
city sanitation ordinance's, was
called in Municipal Judge Fry'sr
Lewis is the assistant city pros
ecutor attached to Fry's court
He appeared in the case and
asked for a continuance.
Charles B. Ball, chief sanitary
inspector, demanded that Prinde
ville go to trial.
Lewis was asked for his reason
for asking for a continuance He
explained as follows:
"Mr. Prindeville's son, Edward!
A. Prihdeville, is, like myself, an
assistant city prosecutor. I had a
talk with young Mr. Prindeville
and promised him I would get a
continuance for his father."
A little investigation by Judge
Fry revealed the fact that Lewis
had kept his promise to Prinde
ville sdrt in a most commendable
The suit against Prindeville,
Sr., was filed April 1, 1912 Sihc$