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JUDGE HOPKINS SCORES MORALS SQUAD'S
METHODS ONCE MORE
Chief Justice Olson of the munic
ipal court today showed a disposition
to stand behind Judge Hopkins' de
cision to refuse to be a party to any
of the frameup methods employed by
Major Funkhouser's morals squad in
order to get evidence on women of
Following Judge Hopkins' action
of yesterday in refusing to fine any
women brought into court by means
of a frameup, the judge today inti
mated he would make an -investigation
of the report that several of the
stool pigeons have relations with the
women beforethey arrest them.
One case of that was found to bear
this out occurred yesterday when
Emma Hall, 2622 N Clark, had been
arrested by a stool pigeon.
The woman said that the man had
gotten the evidence by going to a
room with her, staying with her and
then arresting her. The stool pigeon
admitted the woman's story was true.
"Are you under arrest?" Hopkins
asked the stool pigeon.
"No," said the man.
"Then you ought to be," said Hop
kins," it's shameful when such
things are tolerated in Chicago. I
won't fine girls that are brought in
on such evidence."
At Funkhouser's office it was de
nied that they employed the man or
that they knew him. A report spread
around the hall that there were no
squad out last night.
Around the city hall there was
found much support of Hopkins'
action even though Mayor Harrison
and Major Funkhouser expressedthe
opinion that it was the beginning of
an "open town."
"It is an outrage upon decency and
justice to send young men into doubt
ful districts with the citizens' money
in their pockets to entrap poor feeble
minded women of the streets," said
Judge Hopkins, "I don't believe it is
in keeping with the modern idea of
what is just, decent and right"
For performing those sort of du
ties the stool pigeons are given fat
expense money for their pleasures
which the taxpayers must cough up.
The first wallop of Hopkins at the
squad came yesterday when on the
plea of Att'y Edwin Wright he releas
ed Clyde Blakesmon and Ora Morris.
Blakemon and the Morris girl, ne
groes, were arrested March 13. Funk
houser investigators got the two into
a room, then Policeman John Kelly
appeared. "Give me $5 and I'll fix
this cop," Blakemon said to the in
vestigator who had led him into the
trap. The investigator came across
with $2.50. Blakemon handed it to a
fourth man, who chanced to be an
Judge Hopkins ruled that Blake
mon could not bribe an investigator
with an investigator's own money.
Judge Olson stood behind Hopkins
and said he would remain in the
morals court until Judge Heap, for
whom Hopkins is subbing, returns
from New York.
"I realize that it is necessary to
use finesse and even money to get
evidence in cases of soliciting," said
Hopkins. "You can't go after a
criminal ringing a bell. But solicit
ing on the streets is not a violation of
the statute; it is a violation of a city
ordinance. Soliciting is a common
violation due largely to the weak
ness of human nature. Dr. Hickson
of the Psychopathic Laboratory has
said that 80 per cent of these unfor-
tunates are defective. They have the
mental equipment of children.
"The cases I decided when I occu
pied the bench permanently were at
the time when the red light district
was being broken up and an attempt
was being made to banish commer
cialized vice from the city. We were
then after the kepers and owners.
Today they are not gunning for big