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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 23, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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lawyer, according to Nelson, had told
him that he ought to have a jury trial.
Nelson explained that he did not un
derstand court proceedings and, un
der these circumstances, had prac
tically let the lawyer -have his own
Judge Caverly then ripped, good
and strong, into the practices of cer
tain lawyers in the immediate vicin
ity of the local courtrooms.
"These lawyers pick out ignorant
defendants and convince them that
a jury trial is the best way out of it,"
said the judge. "They make arrange
ments to defend the party and then,
no matter what the result of the case
may be, charge a goodly sum for
their service.
"Many poor and ignorant prisoners
fall for this sort of thing and are
forced to pay big money in attorney's
fees. It has got to stop, and right
Caverly then sent for CapL
Meagher and explained his ruling to
the police officer in charge of the
"I am Btrnogly in, favor of the
judge's ruling," said Meagher. "It Is a
good thing to oust these petty law
yers and move will have a beneficial
effect on prisoners. They will not
be forced to come into court for a
jury trial when a straight court trial
would be just as well. Judge Caver
ly is very lenient with first offenders
and they get just as square a deal as
when tried by a jury.
"The court proceedings come un
der the rulings of the court and we
don't interfere at all. However, no
defendant seeking Is done down in
our portion of the station."
Caverly explained one case where
a working girl, who was earning 6
A. week, was reached by one .of these
"lawyers and after her case was tried
by jury she was taxed $50 attorney's
fee. She was forced to pay so much
out of her $6 every week.
If the shyster lawyer actions oc
cur in his court in the future, Caverly
says he will send those guilty oijirac-
ticing the mto jail for contempt of
"The next time this thing happens
I wil Itake the matter before the Bar
association," said the judge. "We
don't have to see the poor people
beaten out of their money in this (0
way, so we won't."
That the story printed in the Chi
cago Examiner is false was the
statement maRde at the Carpenters'
District Council, 73 W. Randolph st,
this morning by officials of the union.
The story states that "15,000 car
penters will surely go on strike April
1," because of the failure of the ar
bitration board to get the Carpeh-.
ter Contractor's ass'n and the Car
penter's District council together on
an increase of pay of five cents an
hour and that a clause in the old
agreement be eliminated.
This clause permits the contractors
to use any1 building material except
that made in prisons. As there is not
a prison in the United States that pro-
uuves uuuuuig luatwim uie carpen
ters want it struck out This will en
able them to 'demand the union label
and the contractors will be obliged to
stop buying their materials from fac
tories erploiting child labor.
"Fifty per cent of the members of
this union have been idle a year."
John Metz business agent, told a re
porter for The Day Book this morn
ine. "Our average wage is lower
tiiaii any other of the building trades w
auu uus live-cent increase iur wnicu
we are asking win bring our wages up
to the average of the great basic
"So far the arbitration board has
been unabel to agree. We are asking
this increase at an inopportune time. "
There has been no talk of a strike as
yet and the story printed this morn
ing is false. We are asking for a liv
ing wage and we think that our de
mands wille granted."
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