On September 28,
1904, attorneys for Iroquois defendants petitioned
the court for a change of venue, arguing their
position before Cook County, Illinois judge,
who granted the change 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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