Statements by the Attorneys for Czolgosz
By Former Justice Titus.
“We, whose duty it was to defend
the assassin of the President of the United States, did the best
we know how,” said former Judge Robert C. Titus. “In the spirit
of the law we left nothing undone that might have been done to give
the prisoner a fair and just trial. As was shown in the evidence,
we were without even the assistance of the prisoner. He failed to
confide in us. Hence, we took such a course as the law permitted.
It did not develop that there was any ground for making the insanity
plea; hence such a plea was not made. The counsel for the defense
concluded its case satisfied that it had left nothing undone that
might have helped the undortunate [sic] prisoner. Everybody knows
that our participation in the case was not of our own seeking.”
By Former Justice Lewis.
“I am well satisfied with the work
done by the defense,” said Judge Loran L. Lewis. “With what evidence
we had—not very much—we gave the prisoner as fair a showing as could
be expected. The fact that the case only lasted two days is a compliment
to the state, as it must be a gratification to the whole country.
Of course I entered the case as I did, against my own wishes, but
the defendant had to have such defense as the law allows. Some people
will realize this and thank us for our setting aside our own sentiment,
while others, I suppose will not hesitate to condemn us.”
By Attorney Ladd.
“The shortness of the trial itself
goes to show what little the counsel for the defense had to work
on,” said Carlton E. Ladd, who with Judges Titus and Lewis formed
Czolgosz’s defense. “We used every available means to defend the
prisoner. We had no great recourse of the law to reach back to.
We simply had to see that the trial was fair, and this, I think