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Source: Bradstreetís
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: 28 September 1901
Volume number: 29
Issue number: 1213
Pagination: 609

[untitled]. Bradstreetís 28 Sept. 1901 v29n1213: p. 609.
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Leon Czolgosz (trial: personal response); Leon Czolgosz (arraignment); Leon Czolgosz (legal defense).
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Leon Czolgosz.



     An impressive illustration of American legal methods was afforded in the trial of Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of the late President, at Buffalo. The apathetic murderer when arraigned declined to say whether he had or wanted counsel, but the court assigned two eminent members of the bar to defend him, and these gentlemen had the assurance of the aid of the Erie County Bar Association in case they needed it. The assassin pleaded guilty, but the court declined to receive the plea, and directed the entering of a plea of not guilty, which required proof of his guilt to be furnished by others. The results of an examination of the prisoner by distinguished alienists negatived the possibility of a defense of insanity being considered, and the jury speedily reached a verdict of guilty. The prisoner has been sentenced to be executed in the week beginning October 28. He will thus expiate with his miserable life the killing of one of the greatest and best beloved of American statesmen, but it will be noted throughout the world, as an illustration of the supremacy of the law in the United States, that legal safeguards were thrown about the criminal at every step of the procedure which resulted in his conviction.



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