Source: Buffalo Courier
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Single Ballot All That Was Necessary”
City of publication: Buffalo, New York
Date of publication: 25 September 1901
Volume number: 66
Issue number: 268
|“Single Ballot All That Was Necessary.” Buffalo Courier 25 Sept. 1901 v66n268: p. 9.|
|Leon Czolgosz (trial: jury deliberation); Leon Czolgosz (trial: personal response: jurors); Frederick V. Lauer (public statements).|
|Walter E. Everett; Frederick V. Lauer; Henry W. Wendt.|
Single Ballot All That Was Necessary
In the jury room the members looked at each other
for a few moments in absolute silence, as though appalled by the awful crime
which they were about to pass upon. Henry W. Wendt was elected foreman, and
then the crime was briefly debated. Frederick V. Lauer, juror No. 1, said:
“I could have voted for a verdict without leaving my seat.” Nearly all the jurors declared that the opinion of Lauer was also theirs.
After a few moments’ thought, the jury decided to ballot on the proposition of finding the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree. The ballot was passed.
Upon the count it was found to be unanimous for “guilty” as charged in the indictment.
The reassignment of seats in order to allow Mr. Wendt to occupy the chair held by Walter E. Everett, juror No. 7, was arranged, and the jury returned to court.