On September 28,
1904 attorneys for Iroquois defendants petitioned
the court for a change of venue, arguing their
position before Cook County, Illinois judge,
George Kersten. The venue change was granted six days
later. Before the day's session came to an end
there were accusations of evidence tampering, name
calling and the lead defense attorney, Levy Mayer, was put on the
stand for questioning. Some of the arguments sounded so silly that
in reading the newspaper reports it is hard
to remember the gravity of the circumstances.
Judge Kersten would later remark that he made a
mistake to allow Mayer to be put on the stand.
Circuit court case report.
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