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CASE SHOWING WHY MAJORITY OF EXPLOITED
WOMEN PREFER JURY TRIALS
- Y JAfJE WHITAKER
In our previous tracing Of the his
tory of the exploited wordeh we had
tidme to cases , tried in the morals
Judge Uhlir addresses many meet
ings Oh the subject of his work in
the motels COUft Much newspaper
publicity has been given his ,efofm,,
work df "placing the girls" oft pfdba
tion on their promise to leave the life
and having them honor bound to &p
pea'rin court on certain days.
Yet one thing very noticeable is
the number of girls Who prefer to -be
tried before a jury of 12 men to "tak
ing a chande with the judge." Others
who ask jury trials waiVef undecid
edly when they are told that the
cases Of the men arrested with them
will have to go over" in that eVetit ahd
they waive the jury fight and Stand
trial there to save the Man teeing
kept in custody. Men dd hot ask
jury trials except in very, very rare
Cases. They prefer trial by the
Perhaps the following case sheds
some lieht on this subject: "
Four men and two women their
names do not matter Were taken
from a fiat On Gfoveland av. The of
ficers in the case Wefe tipped off to
a -flat in the same buiiding. They
found it vacant Up the air-shaft
they heard a victfola playing at 1:30
Sunday mdfhihg and some laughter.
They went to this fiat.
They found there three young fel
lows and two women, ahd in a rOOm
alone sat a young fellow who was de
scribed aS "surly."
The officers say the three young
men-, told them they had heard the
place was a "'good time flat," and
that one of the women told them the
surly youug fellow was annoying her
with his attentions in the abseflde of
her husband, a traveling man, and
had cut her. I
TheV afe before Judge ufilif. One
girl we will call A., the other B. A.
is perhaps 22 j B. IS" older. Both are
modest-looking women, though A.
Wears her hair ift afi extreme fashion
that detracts from ah otherwise very
sweet fdce. .
A. WfentS a jUry trial B. Wants a
continuance as Qd&s the- man arrest
ed with her, charggdWith aiiftOylHg
her. fiOth sign jUry waivers that
they may get a continuance;
A. learhs that if She gets a jUry
trial the three young men fhUst be
held dver as witnesses, she doesd't
know what to dd. She Says She Will
waive the jury; she almost appeals to
the court tb help hef decide, But in
the end stands trial there.
The judge questions the three m&n.
They started out eabafetihg because
they heard that the "Walk-thenldg"
dance Was 'peffofffled at a certain
1 isoiiflted eight tiffies that the
rjUdge asked, la One Or another va
ried form, to the amusement of the
entire courtroom, With the exception
of the two women on tfi&l:
"Walk-the-d0&7 What kind, of- a
dance is that? I'd llkfe to know What
it is "like. HOW do you dance it?"
He is given td understand that it
iS a Shady dance, but his interest
doesn't Wane. "Did you see the
walb4he-dog dand6 at that cafe?"
he asks, and repeats it for the next
cafe, the while he grins bfdadly.
The officers are greatly edified. One
volunteers the information that there
is afi even more shaay dance called
the "dhefnise-tail" datide, and the
judge asks the men if they saw this
arid every Ohe laughs again, except
The questioning of the three men
by the judge consumed exactly 32
minutes, ahd this Was the story the
At the- De Luxe cafe one of them
danced With A. She gave him het