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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 17, 1911, Image 8

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At Seattle, Wash., a jury gave
a verdict against a big corpora
tion of $12,262 in favor of Eli
Melocich, a workingman. This
man lost his right arm ; his chest
was torn open, and he suffered
lasting internal injuries.
In the charge to the jury, Judge
Hanford used thewords "any neg
ligence." Then he set aside the
-verdict and gave the big corpora
tion a new trial because he "ored-
judicially" use the word "any" in
his charge to the jury.
Incidentally the judge said the
verdict was to'o big as "$12,000, is
about five times too much for a
workingman's hand."
, Is it any wonder that judges,
courts and even law itself are in
bad repute with the people?
This is not an isolated case.
. .Though the law is no respector o
persons,-its administrators often
are. The records are full of cases
where rich and poor offenders,
equally guilty of violating the
same law, did not get the same
.. Judges that juggle and misin
terpret law to favor the mighty
are moral criminals.
' Decisions which make sport of
-want and suffering,, turn law into
a tragic joke. While a bad thing
for thje victims of such injustices,
such decisions, however, are a
'good thing in so far as they 0P91
.the -eyes of the people to a wick
ed judicial system.
Courts are what the judges
make them ; and some judges will
go the limit in using their power j
to help the people wliose political
pull got these judges their jobs.
Money - bought, society - con
trolled, ambition-influenced and
fear-inspired judges and courts
are a mighty live question right
now. '
Discussion of a remedy for a
rotten 'and corrupt judiciary has
prompted the people of several
states to adopt the Initiative, ref
erendum and Recall.
The legal profession, seeing the
handwritting on the wall, is try
ing to storm the tide of public
opinion that wants the courts
shorn of the power that belongs
to the people.
The people are arousedvand it is
only a matter of time before the
farce comedy of justice now play
ing in most courts will be pushed
off the boards, never to re-appear
as an insult to'the iritelligence of
the people and a disgrace to civ
ilzation. . (
Just a few more verdicts like,
the Hanford decision is all that is
needed to stir up .a tidal wave of,
public indignation that will re
sult not only in state but in feder
al the Initiative, Referendum and
Rain turning to
snow and colder to
night with lowest
temperature about
26 degrees above ze
ro ; for Chicago and
vicinity; Saturday,
generally fair and
c6mparatively cold; high shifting
winds becoming northwest

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