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Source: Fort Smith Times
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Failed After All”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Date of publication: 27 September 1901
Volume number: 20
Issue number: 46
Pagination: [2]

“Failed After All.” Fort Smith Times 27 Sept. 1901 v20n46: p. [2].
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Leon Czolgosz (legal defense); Robert C. Titus; Loran L. Lewis; Leon Czolgosz (trial: criticism).
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Leon Czolgosz; Loran L. Lewis; Robert C. Titus.


Failed After All

     When the two learned ex-judges Titus and Lewis who undertook, by the appointment of the court, the defense of the murderer Czolgosz, all right thinking men applauded their high sense of duty in the discharge of an unpleasant task.
     It is sad to relate that they did not merit that respect to the end of their task. J udge [sic] Titus pretended to make an argument in behalf of his client. He said nothing about his client but devoted all his argument to a defense of himself for accepting the appointment as defending counsel. He was not on trial either before the court or at the bar of public opinion. If he was ashamed of his position and did not intend to do the best he could he should have declined the appointment.
     Judge Lewis did a shade better, he didn’t have anything at all to say, beyond this, that his colleague had fully represented his sentiments. True, they could never have acquitted their client, and nobody wanted them to succeed, but they could have made a show of spirit. If they accepted the appointments from a sense of duty, that sense of duty should have compelled them to do something besides making an unnecessary defense of themselves.
     Having acepted [sic] the appointments from the court it was in bad taste to apologize to the court for accepting.



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