Source: American Lawyer
Source type: journal
Document type: editorial
Document title: “The Trial of Czolgosz”
Date of publication: December 1901
Volume number: 9
Issue number: 11
|“The Trial of Czolgosz.” American Lawyer Dec. 1901 v9n11: p. 563.|
|Leon Czolgosz (trial: personal response).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Charles J. Guiteau; Roland B. Molineux.|
The Trial of Czolgosz
We own that we are agreeably surprised at the
manner in which the trial of Czolgosz was conducted. Speaking frankly, we didn’t
think that the bench and bar of the Empire State were capable of accomplishing
this in so eminently proper a manner. The case was characterized by orderliness,
dispatch and decency throughout. Our opinion as to the quantity and quality
of justice which the New York Courts mete out may be erroneous, but when there
are considered the monstrous delays and perversions which have occurred within
the last few years, and of which the Molineux case is a shining example, it
will, perhaps, be admitted that the aforesaid opinion is justified.
The standard of the profession will be raised appreciably when knock-out questions, arguments on technicalities and the various subterfuges which are now being constantly resorted to for the sole purpose of hindering, delaying and obstructing justice, will be regarded as distinctly unprofessional. If the New York City Bar Association would consider this matter instead, perhaps, of holding meetings at which only a little over 200 are present and then proceeding to attack some member of the judiciary on the eve of an election, we are of the opinion that the work which that learned body would accomplish would be of more public utility.
Contrast the Czolgosz case with the Guiteau trial, which, of course, occurred without the State, during the course of which the defendant was permitted to indulge in all the theatrical tirades which his insane vanity called for.
The course adopted in denying to the assassin the publicity which he sought, will have more effect upon the average “red” than any other measures which could be adopted. He went to his doom, not amid a blaze of tinsel glory, but silently disappeared from a world which he had designed to startle.