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STRIKERS CASES ARE THROWN
OUT NO EVIDENCE
Again in a case -where Chief Hea
ley's crack policemen accuse gar
ment strikers of"law, violations, the
judge of a municipal court directs a
verdict of not guilty and 12 jurymen
sign a verdict of not guilty without
leaving their seats.
Patrolman Andrew Johnson, on
strike duty at Royal Tailors' shop,
testified against Mrs. Gertrude Glass
man, 1535 Ridge-way av., charged
with disorderly conduct Hearing
was before Judge Graham in Des
.plaines st court
"I told her to move on up the
street," testified Johnson. "Instead
of obeying my order she took a book
and pencil out of her pocket and be
gan writing down the number on my
helmet I took her in charge and
called the wagon."
On direct and cross-examination
no other cause for the arrest of Mrs.
Glassman was given by the officer
except her action in taking his num
"Why. did you wrench her arms?"
and "Why did you twist the flesh of
her arms until they were black and
blue with your, finger marks?" were
queries of Att'y Wm. A. Cunnea.
Johnson answered it was not possi
ble to make the arrest except by use
No other witnesses were called.
The police didn't have any. Defense
entered motion that defendant be
"Because the evidence Is insuffi
cient I would direct the July to find
a verdict of not guilty and discharge
the defendant," said Judge Graham.
"h there any member of the jury
who objects to signing the verdict?"
Twelve jurymen, all of whom had
passed the scrutiny of Ass't City
Prosecutor Roger Faherty in a six
hour selective process, nodded their
heads in favor' of not guilty.
An opposite verdict might have
meant that Judge Graham would not 1
free liudreds of strikers on their own
recognizances. It was a test case,
with the police as losers. The verdict
backs up charges of strikers that the
1,800 arrests during 11 weeks of the
strike show prejudice and partisan
ship by the police.
Arthur Sherrard, assistant td Mar
tin Isaacs, attorney for Wholesale
Clothiers' ass'n, told Judge Graham
there ought to be a special judge and
special prosecutor of the strike cases.
John J. Heren and Roger Faherty,
state and city prosecutors, told Sher
rard he seemed to be "a self-appointed
prosecutor" without a leg to stand
"Until you furnish more evidence
than you have in these cases you bet
ter stay on the side lines where you
belong," was Herren's shot
"Did you take orders from tha
sluggers?" was one question Att'y
Cunnea put to Patrolman Johnson.
.Prosecution objected and question
was barrea oy juage uranam.
In three cases City Prosecutor
Harry B. Miller agreed to non-suit
because of insufficient evidence.
Ten garment strikers arrested in
Hammond, Ind., on charges of mis
conduct at the Rosenwald & Weil
clothing shops, had their cases
thrown out of court by Judge Bond
at Gary, when Att'y A. E. Carver
moved to quash. Costs of $15 in
each case were laid on F. Titlebaum,
complainant, foreman at Rosenwald
Titlebaum asked court to put the
ten strikers under peace bonds.
Judge Bond sustained A. E. Carver's
position, which was stated:
"The law does not require us to
talk or sign away our rights where
charges are trumped, and there is no
evidenee asrin this case."
New York. Several mothers anx-'
ious to adopt blue-eyed baby aband
oned on doorstep with note reading:
"I hope some true-hearted mother
will take care of baby this Christmas."