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____,. r-/-,/~ p-D C A C r^TTr^^VQ -s su PP° sec ' BOOTLLCjvjhJKb f\J UtAAv i O f his Tho ^nature of J L. Walker of St. Pauls was omitted I lie 31511 U ' i t h him ThUS "c%*t m n n U i if a error from an Open Forum letter on this page yesterday, the heading, "Scores Use of Known Violators as Decoys." Many readers probably, recognized the vigorous w r i t . . , . , , . style of Mr. Walker, who is a frequent contributor the editor. Whether one agrees or disagrees with what he U ( nobody has to say it is possible to admire the forceful way he , , , ' , , , ui, h. - unless, perhaps, one happens to be the target comment. by gamblers divulging all their se- In the letter published yesterday, the target was Solicitor CrT , S ' t .Malcolm Seawell, who was criticized for using known as decoys and later as witnesses, in an endeavor to bring 4he arrest and conviction of other criminals of the same Mr. Walker soys that the services of a well-known local bootlegger were used in obtaining evidence against other leggcrs, and that this bootlegger is listed as a prosecuting witness against the others. Objecting lo this, hc declares t "nei'lu-r outside assistance nor collaboration w i t h c r i elements arc essential in maintaining law enforcement, in or any other locality." He concludes t h a t "beyond a legal laxity, for political purposes, is wholly responsible for our present moral laxity in the United States. And there doubt but that if they were so minded, and were not future political retaliation, thc local constabulary could w i ease fill to overflowing every jail in the county, and I l i c without either outside help or a bootlegger 'decoy'." Sheriff's officers undoubtedly could keep the jail filled suspects, but for convictions to be obtained it is necessary hav-- evidence t h n t will stand up under attack in court. is where thc buollcpger "decoy" comes in. The word of a known bootlegger on thc witness stand as prosecuting i* likely to bear more weight in court than I IIP discovery gallon^ of liquor in Hie d e f e n d a n t ' s back yard. probably is not an ideal . s i t u a t i o n , but Ihe use of a ness appears to bc a realistic method of dealing with it. It this method produces resiills and helps IHW enforcement, is not much reason lo worry about whether oilier bootleggers will t h i n k they lime been betrayed. In f a c t , if Ihe bootleggers think .Solicitor S^awe!! too rough on them, t h a t is evidence in i t s e l f t h a for political purposes" is missing in his dealings with the bootleggers. If "legal l a \ i ! v " is charged against s h e r i f f ' several hundred captured liquor stills e v i d e n t l y have taken i n t o account, f t is probable t h a t this type prevalent tor so long in Robe-son Counly that some citi/.ens cannot believe a change has been made. Bui many oilier citizens who objected to what they believed to bc laxity enforcement in former years, are under the happy impression that conditions have been improved. Solicitor Seawell and Sheriff Malcolm McLeod may be unfair to bootleggers, but that charge can just as easily be used as a political campaign slogan for them as against The main consideration in cither office, of course, is t h a public be dealt with fairly and be g i v e n some return investment in law enforcement.

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  1. The Robesonian,
  2. 16 Oct 1951, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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