Crowe (1879-1958), assistant state attorney, was
Albert Barne's youthful co-counsel in the original
Iroquois Theater court proceedings.
In September, 1904, at a hearing before Judge George
Kersten, defense attorney Levy Mayer petitioned the
court for a change of venue, and presented 150
affidavits proving public prejudice against his
A dispute between Mayer and Barnes resulted
in Mayer taking the stand to be questioned by
testified that one of Crowe’s three brothers had
been in possession of 27 additional affidavits that
Robert Crowe had prevented being supplied to the
defense. Crowe denied the accusation and promised
take it up with Mayer outside.
Crowe was elected chief justice of the circuit court
following the death of
Charles M. Walker. Walker upheld judge
Jesse Holdom's ruling that prevented Iroquois
victims from suing the city of Chicago.
Crowe would have a more central role in a courtroom
battle with celebrated attorney Clarence Darrow when
Crowe prosecuted thrill killers Nathan Leopold and