Public Papers of Charles Seymour Whitman, Governor, 1915-1918 Volume 3

Public Papers of Charles Seymour Whitman, Governor, 1915-1918 Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...If he fails in this duty, appoints subordinates who use the power entrusted to the prosecuting oflicer for the protection of the people in violation of their duty, and for other objects than an impartial administration of criminal justice, it must be the District Attorney, to whom is given the power, who is to be held responsible for the abuse of that power, whether by himself or by his assistants. If he and his assistants fail properly to administer the criminal law and abuse the power given to them by law, it is the District Attorney only' who can be held responsible. Neither the Governor nor any other authority has power to appoint or remove his assistants, and the people are helpless if the District Attorney is not held responsible for a continued abuse of that power entrusted to him for the protection of the people. But the evidence in this case clearly shows that the District Attorney was kept informed of all of these prosecutions, and that they were conducted under his immediate supervision. He constantly instructed his assistants to proceed with the investigation and prosecution and to do " their duty "--" their duty " being evidently understood by them to mean, to procure these indictments and confessions. And this in view of the fact that one of his assistants called his attention to these charges and suggested to him that he might be subject to censure if, pending the charges, he proceeded with this investigation. That the District Attorney had full knowledge of what was going on and approved of it, and still justified it, is apparent from his testimony given upon the hearing, and to which I direct Your Excellency's special attention. After these defendants had thus pleaded guilty and more

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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236852885
  • 9781236852885