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The Cronin Jury

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Day
2
Month
January
Year
1890
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Public Domain
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THE FAMOTJS VERDICT. Chicago, Dec. 30.- The record of the deliberations of the Cronin jury from the time the twelve "peera" finally retired until they returned to Judge McConneH"s court-room with the famous Terdict that assigned Coughlin, O'Sullivan and Burke to a living death in the penitentiary is one of the most interesting chapters of the great trial. The Herald, of this city, atrainst which paper Juror Culver has brought suit in the sum of 825,000 for libel, has never let up in its effort to solve the mystery of the jury's deliberations, and presents a three-column article which it claims is a complete record. The followlng is a synopsis of the Herald's article: The first ballot was taken on this question: "Are any of the defendants juilty?" The result stood eleven in the ffirmative and one in the negativo. Culver was the minority. Several of the jurors talked to the real-estate man, and after trying to find out just what his position was endeavored to persuade him that a majority of the defendants were guilty. Culver, however, maintained his position with dogged earnestness and turned a deaf ear to the argumenta of his companions. The second ballot was ordered on the question: "Was Dr. Cronin killed in the Carlson cottage?" The result, as before, was eleven to one, the majoritj voting in the affirmative. Saturday morning Culver took the position that Burke's identification was by no means complete. ■ In fact, he also claimed the idenoity of the furniture had not been esta.blished. Beveral of the jurors held a short conultation in undertones, and at the suggestion of one of their number a series of resolutions concerning many of Culver's utterances in the rooms the jury occupied at the Commercial Hotel was written out and fired at him in rapid succession. These in substance are as follows: "Are you prepared to state, on your oath as a juror, that you did not come into the jury-room with the determination toiorceadisagreement? ït not how do you explain the fact that you said to Jurors before any teatimony had been taken that you were almost prepared in advance to iiscount every thing that the State might do and disbelieve ita testimony ; that you belleved Mrs. Conklin to be an immoral woman ; that jou were prejudiced againat the State becauae it had used you brutally and you could not give lt fair treatment; your remark during the first or eoond week of the trial that the jury would probably stand eleven to one; that the jury system was brutal and the State would not make any thing by treating you as it had done? Will you say that your determination to sue the covmty for damages has not influenced your opinión f" The question relating to his threatened suit against the county was suggested by threats which he had made irom time to time as the trial progressed. He seemed to believe that his dignity and integrity were outraged when he was given into the custody of bailiffs and practically made a prisoner, and he said more than once that he would bring suit against the county as Boon as he should be released. Culver did not answer one of the questions nor did he comment on them. Culver shortly afterward admitted in the presence of three jurors that he had entered the jury-room with a previouslyformed opinión, and a conviction that those witnesses who were under the protection of policemen were not worthy of belief. He also admitted th' he ought to have told the counsel of his conviction before he was sworn in as a juror. Saturday morning at 9 o'clock the jurors, who had been debating earnestly for several hours, concluded to begin balloting again. The result was the same throughout the day - eleven for conviction, one for acquittal. Late Saturday night Culver took two jurors aside and told them that if they would let Kunze and Beggs go free he would rote to find the other three guilty. The propoiition was instantly rejected. No further word was done that night, but at 7 o'clock Sunday morning Foreman Clarke ordered another ballot, and by agreement all the defendants were ïnoluded in it. The result was as follows: Not Guilty. guilty. John Beggs 7 5 Dan Coughlin 1 P&tO'Sullivan 12 0 MurtlnBurke 13 0 John Kunze 8 Beggs' case was then taken up. On the seventh ballot only two voted "guilty" and ten "not guilty." The ighth ballot made the ex-senior guardián a free man. Kunze's fate was settled on the thirteenth ballot. Then came the important part of the deliberations- the flxing of the punishment of the three chief conspirators. After the twenty-flrst ballot, which was taken on Monday morning, Culver laid he would consent to send the murderers to the penitentiary for twentyflve years, and a ballot was taken on the proposition. Every one of Culver's colleagues voted against ifc. The twentysecond, twenty-third, twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth ballotfe were taken on the infliction of the doath penalty for all three, ana, as before, the result of each was eleven to one. There was no change until after the thirtieth ballot had been recorded. Then Culver threatened to withdraw his vote of "guilty" unless the others would cease Toting for capital punishment. At 12:30 o'clock the thirty-first ballot was taken on the proposition to send the murderers to the penitentiary for life. Marlor, Hall, Bontecou, Pierson and Bryan voted in the negative. The other eeven voted in the affirmative. Thirtyfive minutes later the thirty-second and last ballot was cast. All twelve "peers" voted to send the trio to the penitentiary for life. While the verdict was being written and signed Culver stated that he believed the men to be innocent, and that he only yielded to the majority because he believed they were const'entious men. j

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