Source: Iowa State Register
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “For the Trial of Czolgosz”
City of publication: Des Moines, Iowa
Date of publication: 15 September 1901
Volume number: 46
Issue number: 218
|“For the Trial of Czolgosz.” Iowa State Register 15 Sept. 1901 v46n218: p. 3.|
|Leon Czolgosz (indictment); Leon Czolgosz (arraignment); William S. Bull (public statements); Leon Czolgosz (incarceration: Buffalo, NY).|
|William S. Bull; Leon Czolgosz; Edward K. Emery; William McKinley; Thomas Penney; Truman C. White.|
For the Trial of Czolgosz
Steps Taken at Buffalo to Bring the Assassin to the Bar of Justice.
Court Proceedings Will Be Expedited as Much as Possible
So That Punishment May Be Inflicted.
AS TO THE PRESIDENT’S ASSASSIN.
Steps Taken at Once for Punishment of Czolgosz.
Buffalo, Sept. 14.—The Commercial says District
Attorney Thomas Penney today took steps to bring Leon Czolgosz, the assassin
of President McKinley, to an immediate trial for that crime. On Monday morning
Mr. Penney will present to the county court grand jury now in session, the evidence
of the dastardly crime, and there is not the slightest shadow of doubt that
Leon Czolgosz will be indicted for murder in the first degree.
County Judge Edward K. Emery will immediately receive the report of that indictment from the grand jury. District Attorney Penney will at once 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 on Monday, September 23. It is not known that he will be arraigned on that day, but 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. On September 23 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 murderer 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 the prisoner upon the trial of the indictment for murder.
District Attorney Penney is perfectly confident that Czolgosz will be convicted of the crime 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.
District Attorney Penney will permit of no delay and the dastard assassin will be given a speedy trial by a jury.
Buffalo, Sept. 15.—At 12:30 o’clock this (Sunday) morning Superintendent of Police Bull issued the following notice to the press: “To relieve the heavy police detail at No. 1 station, that their services might be used for other important details, it was decided on consultation with the district attorney to remove the president’s assassin from the headquarters building, which has been done.” Superintendent Bull left the police headquarters before the statement was given out and could not be found afterward. Nothing is known as to where the prisoner is now confined. There are two places where he could be taken—to the jail or the penitentiary, and it is likely that Czolgosz is now in one of these places.