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THE THIRD DEGREE MAKES THE LAW A DEADXETTER
A wife shall not be permitted to testify against her husband.
No person shall be forced to testify against himself.
So says the law. But the law has become a dead letter, and
civilized Chicago the witness of the 'methods of the Spanish In
Can you see that scene in tlje darkened room at the Stanton
avenue station yesterday, men and'wbnlen of Chicago?
Can you see the wife, denied sleep and food, starved, broken,
hysterical, fainting with fear?
Can you see the circleof grim police officers, Strong men armed
with the power of the law, surrounding her, plying her with ques
tions? Can you see the sweetheart of the murdered woman facing her,
shrieking forth police-suggested accusations?
The murder of Sophia Singer was a Horrible thing, and the
spirit of the-dead woman today cries but for justice to be done upon,
But criminals, when all is said, are only poor, weak human be
ings, generally the offsprings of our social conditions.
And under the law they have certain rights, and under the. law
every man is innocent until proven guilty.
The testimony of the woman who was broken in spirit and body
yesterday cannot be used in court, because the law says no wife
shall testify against her husbands
The man now held in terrible silence, alone with bloody mem
ories and doubts and fears, cannot be forced to take the stand in
court, because the law says no man need testify against himself.
Yet the confession wrung From the broken woman will be used
to break the man, and the man's confession, should he make one,
will be used against him in court.
The police will say in court that the man made the confession
of his own free will, and the man will be forced so to swear when
i ' Of his own sweet will ! What a mockery are the words when
applied to such confessions !
A murder was done, and the murderer or murderers most sure
ly should be-punished.
But not even the most horrible murder gives society" the right
'to murder all the decencies, to pile upon crime, and to wring con
fessions from tortured lips.
, Not even the most horrible murder can excuse the lawless
methods by which a wifd was forced to bear witness against her
husband at the Stanton avenue police station yesterday. , -