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STATE VIOLATES WORD OF HONOR IN CASE OF
MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR ONE YEAR
The peculiar position of the state
of Illinois violating its words of honor
is found m the case of a man named
I Kruska. A year &go he came up be-
is. fore Judge Chas. M. Walker, charged
with a burglary offense.
Judge Walker showed himself a
very humane judge in dealing with
TCmissIrn Hn nrrnnp'Pfl that thfi man
Sri) should plead guilty and by agree
ment with State's Att'y Hoyne ar
ranged that the man should be sent
to the state penitentiary for one year
and that an order should be entered
through which the man should be re
leased at the end of that time.
Now this isn't strictly legal. It is
not the law tjaat is written in the law
books which were written years ago.
But it was a humane proposition. So
humane that Hoyne assented gladly.
But Krusha's time is up now. Ac
cording to the agreement with the
state he should be released. But
along comes Pat Lueey, att'y general
nf tho statp. and howls that it is il-
kl legal. And he is fighting for a man-
rJjl damus order mat wm Keep jtvrusna
in the state prison.
Judge Walker in the criminal court
this morning entered the order re
quested by the attorney general In
his mandamus suit at Springfield in
the Frank Kruska case. Judge
Walker made this statement and
Kruska was brought for trial be
fore me in the criminal court, Jan.
30, 1914, charged with burglary. He
was too poor to employ a lawyer and
I aDDointed one for him. The state's
The state's attorney, in a spirit of
fairness and with a desire to do jus
tice to the man, urged me to allow a
motion to be entered to vacate the
sentence at the end of the year. The
motion was a novel one, but at the
state's own instance through the ear
nest solicitation of its state's attor
ney, who was actuated by a sense of
mere justice, I allowed the motion to
Kruska now has served his year.
And now comes the same state of
Illinois, this time by its attorney gen
eral, and asks that the order relating
to the vacation of Kruska's sentence
be set aside as not being duly author
ized by statute. Of the two incon
sistent and contradictory positions
taken by the state in this matter I am
constrained to think that the latter
is the correct one in point of law,
whatever one may think of it in point
of morals, therefore I must enter the
last order demanded by the state
through its attorney general.
Most unfortunately it leaves the
great state of Illinois with a broken
promise on its hands and poor Krus
ka still in prison.
I shall ask for his pardon at once.
NELSON ALDRICH DROPS DEAD
New York, April 17. Ex-Senator
Nelson W. Aldrich dropped dead here
For many years Sen. Aldrich was
regarded as a leader in the inner na-'
tional councils of the Republican
party. He was a prominent figure at
conventions and the contemporary
case against him was not a strong Of many Republican veterans, such
one and there were other extenuating as President McKinley, Mark Hanna,'
reasons which the state urged at the "Uncle Joe" Cannon and others. For
time why his punishment, in all jus- years he was chairman of the senate
tice, should not exceed one year in finance committee, the tariff and cur-
the penitentiary. He pleaded guilty rency legislative "steering commit-
upon the state's attorney's assurance tee." He was popularly regarded as
that he would be released at the end intensely conservative, a member of
oayears the Republican "old guard."
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