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Judge And Attorney

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At the last term of court a case was tried, Wheeler vs. Wallace, Kinne and Frazer for plaintiff and Sawyer & Knowlton and C. R. Whitman for defendant. A week was spent in tlie trial and much bad blood engendered between counsel and judge. It was openly talked by leading lawyers and others that the judge took a deep interest in one of the lawyers in the case, and would at all times listen to him patientlyand snub the otherattorney on the same side. The jury disagreed, and the case carne on again yesterday for trial. After several houra sparring between counsel, and various matters mg up, Mr. bawyer sa!d to Mr. Whitman, his associate counsel, that one of Ihem raust retire from the case, and his clienta did not wish blm (Sawyer) to retire. So Mr. Whitman took his hat and left the case. We regret that matters are in the shape they are, for we were of the number who heiieved, and we so said in the Coorier at the time, that Chauncey Joslyn would make an honest and upright judge, and would endeavor to hold the acales of justice evenly balanced. The lending lawyers of this city openly express themselves as dissatisfied with his course as judge. All know that no man can successfully and creditably discharge the duties of that office when the leading lawyers at the bar have no confidence in him. It has been said this state o things has been because the judge eats at the same table and sleeps in the same house the year round with one o the keenest and shrewdest young lawyers in the county, and that lawyer cTosely related to hira. It is unfortunate forall that thia state of things exists, and for ourselves, we express no opinión as to who is riglit or wrong: but oue thing is certain, if one-half the things some of the lawyers say about the judge are true, he should at once examine himself, and Míen declare "I wil] do better in the future"; while on theother hand,if they are nottrue, there is no punishment too severe for the lawyers who make these asseitions. We shall watch the future administration of justice In this circuit with d.ep interest. One thing is certain, matters with the court and attorneys aré in a dangerous condition at this time, and they are all standing on the brink of a volcano. Thcre is but one way out of their dilemma and that is, for all to do right in the future.


Ann Arbor Courier
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