Source: Burlington Hawk-Eye
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Quick Work of Law”
City of publication: Burlington, Iowa
Date of publication: 15 September 1901
Volume number: 63
Issue number: 84
|“Quick Work of Law.” Burlington Hawk-Eye 15 Sept. 1901 v63n84: p. 2.|
|Leon Czolgosz (indictment); Leon Czolgosz (arraignment); Czolgosz family (police protection).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Edward K. Emery [middle initial wrong below]; William McKinley; Thomas Penney; Truman C. White.|
Quick Work of Law
Assassin Czolgosz Will Be Indicted Next Week.
Buffalo, Sept. 14.—District Attorney Thomas Penney
to-day took steps to bring Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley,
to an immediate trial.
Monday morning Mr. Penney will present to the county court grand jury, now in session, the evidence of the crime, and there is no doubt that Czolgosz will be indicted for murder in the first degree.
County Judge Edward G. Emery will immediately receive the report of that indictment from the grand jury. Mr. Penney will move that the indictment be transferred to the supreme court for trial, as capital offenses cannot be tried in the county court. Judge Emery will grant the desired order of transfer.
Then Czolgosz can be arraigned to plead to the indictment Monday, September 23. That is the earliest day upon which the prisoner can be brought before the court, as at present there is no session of the supreme court. The same day Justice White will convene the regular September term of part 3 of the supreme court, which part is set aside for the trial of criminal cases.
Should the assassin inform the court that he has no counsel and that he has no means with which to employ one, the court will be required to assign an attorney to defend him.
Mr. Penney is confident that Czolgosz will be convicted of murder in the first degree—that is, that the crime was deliberate and premeditated—the penalty for which, under the laws of New York state, [is] death by electrocution.
Guard Czolgosz’s Family.
Cleveland, O., Sept. 14.—As a precautionary measure
three policemen are stationed within the little dwelling on Fleet street that
shelters the father, stepmother, and younger brothers and sisters of Leon Czolgosz,
Indignation over his crime seems to have prompted a number of persons with a desire to vent their feelings on the Czolgosz family, and a fear that the fatal termination of the president’s illness would be the signal for an outbreak has caused policemen to be placed on guard. Up to an early hour this morning no demonstration had occurred.