Source: Gunton’s Magazine
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Disposal of Czolgosz”
Date of publication: October 1901
Volume number: 21
Issue number: 4
|“Disposal of Czolgosz.” Gunton’s Magazine Oct. 1901 v21n4: pp. 293-94.
|McKinley assassination (legal process); Leon Czolgosz (trial: personal response).
|Loran L. Lewis; Robert C. Titus.
Disposal of Czolgosz
By the grim irony of circumstances, the very method of disposing of the assassin is furnishing an object-lesson in the even-handed justice guaranteed by the government whose  executive he murdered with the insane idea of destroying a tyranny. Government, the hated thing whose authority he denied, was all that stood between him and the fury of the crowd, which would have welcomed the chance to apply his anarchistic theory of individual justice in his own case. Ex-Judges Lewis and Titus were assigned to defend the prisoner, and by their acceptance of the unwelcome task have gained a secure place in public respect; and still more, have vindicated our judicial system, as expressing the American sense of justice, in a test as severe, perhaps, as any to which it could ever be put. The trial has been conducted before the supreme court at Buffalo, the prisoner admitting his guilt and declining to request any efforts in his behalf. In spite of this, he was given the full right of a formal defence, with opportunity to introduce proofs of insanity or other testimony, if he so desired. This was not done, and of course he was found guilty. The verdict was given on September 24th, and within a few weeks he will have paid the full penalty of the law.