Crime in Politics

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Crime in Politics - NUMBER 6461. (HE II PUIS Both Democrats and...
NUMBER 6461. (HE II PUIS Both Democrats and Kepublicans Sent to Prison. SEQUEL TO THIRD WARD FRAUDS Judge Hare Lays Down the Law for Election Day Officers. DEPRIVED OF CITIZEflSfilP As a Remit of Their Over-Zealous Over-Zealous Over-Zealous Partisanship, Partisanship, Partisans of Both the Hnu- Hnu- ' ter and Monroe Faction in the Third Ward Fight for the Select Conncll-manle Conncll-manle Conncll-manle Succession Are Sont to the Connty Jail and Deprived of the Right of Holding Pnbllo Office for Seven Years. The zealous partisanship with which some of the cloction officers of the Third ward looked after the interests of their respective candidates for Select Council at the last February February election resulted yesterday in sending four more of these political opponents to the County Jail. These destroyers of the purity of the ballot were John O'Connor and Thomas Stack, the judge and majority clerk of the Tenth division of the Third ward, who pleaded guilty on Thursday to making a false return of the votes cast for Harry Hunter, the Republican candidate for Select Council; Council; and Alexander Magee and John Boyle, election clerks in the Sixteenth division of the same ward, who pleaded guilty earlier in tho term in connection with Eobert Henry, judge, and Alfred Coffey, inspector, to making making a false return of the votes cast for Peter Monroe, the Democratic candidate. O'Connor O'Connor and Stack were sentenced to six months and three months respectively, and Magee and Boyle wero sentenced to three months each in the County Prison. In accordance with the law each of the defendants was disfranchised disfranchised and disabled from holding any public- public- office of honor, trust or profit in the State for seven years, and fined one hundred dollars each. Eobert Henry and Alfred Coffey had pre viously been sentenced. LAW FOB ELECTION OFFICERS. When the cases came up for disposition District Attorney Graham read the law relating relating to tho duties of election officers, and Judge Hare said it was important that some authentic information should be given from the Bench on the subject of tho new election law. He believed that when these election officers went into the polling booth they were in ignorance of their duties. He preferred to believe this because that would go as far as he believed in in mitigation of the sentence ho was about to impose on them. But he also believed that they acted with a wilful disregard of those duties, even to tho extent wherein they know they ought to be vigi Ian. O'CoiXor was the judge and there were two met? associated with mm as inspectors, and the duty of an inspector was signified by the name of his office, which was that he was to see that all was going straight. But the act did not stop there. It cast upon him not only the duty of inspector, but the active duty of counting the votes. O'Connor as judge was not cither bound or even entitled to so act except in only one case and that was in taking the ballots out ot the box and counting the number of ballots so that he should know how many ballots there were. But in all that went before, all that preceded it, his office was merely as an arbitrator. If there was a difference between the inspectors then the judge s decision would be the law. THE ELECTION JUDGE'S DUTY. It was his duty to advise and prevent by remonstrance the commission of any wrong, but he had no right to degenerate the inspec tors to the position of clerks. He had done , wrougwhen he refused to permit the minority inspector to look over his shoulder to see what was going on. He had taken it upon himself, as principal, to allow no one else to look on. and pcted in contempt of what was right with." ,'' Jf of committing fraud. That being th u4'.-f u4'.-f u4'.-f of tho case in regard to O'Connor. ' VtJ?Mfis the fVinrt tn about Stack? Court did not believe that Stack had gone there that morning with , any previous understanding that a fraud was to be committed. Neithfer did he believe that any words or looks of intimation to that effect had been exchanged by any of the officers. officers. He trusted that no candidate would fall so low himself as to make any such ar rangement. He believed that theso young men were simply partisans desiring that their side should win, and that there was not any other underlying motive in their conduct. If any inspector even guessed that any wrong was being done it was his duty to refuse to attest the correctness of the papers, even if lie said nothing. He thought that a six months' sentence, which he would impose on O'Connor, would prove a salutary lesson and prevent similar practices in the future. It was a difficult thing to know what sentence should be imposed imposed on Stack. Ho was a subordinate simply simply acting as a clerk. . DEPRIVED OF CITIZENSHIP. When one of the inspectors begged permission permission to look over his shoulder to see what was going on he objected to it and otherwise interfered interfered with that officer in tho performance of his duty. When he took the ballots out of Moore's hands that act passed oyer the line which separates mere failure to perform his duty to active participation or worse. He would therefore sentence him to three months. In conclusion the Judge said that when an election officer commits a breach of duty the Judge had no other choice under the law but to disfranchise him and thus deprive deprive him of one of the greatest privileges enjoyed by an American citizen. When a man fraudulently deprived a citizen of this Tight he should be deprived of citizonship himself. The attention of the Court was then called by the District Attorney to the case of Magee and Boyle. He said that the names of these defendants had been omitted from the bill in which Henry and Coffey were indicted. They could have been incorporated, but they had been indicted separately. However, when the principal offenders pleaded guilty, the clerks, who were in court, after a consultation with their counsel, agreed to enter a like plea, but, us they had been called upon to do this upon short notice, sentence had been postponed postponed until the end of the term. They were each sentenced to an imprisonment a A Dartend-ers. as a she She to of nuu He a One a car

Clipped from The Times03 Jun 1893, SatPage 1

The Times (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)03 Jun 1893, SatPage 1
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