Cincinnati Enquirer 23 February 1866 The bill to get Covert out of penitentiary

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Cincinnati Enquirer
23 February 1866
The bill to get Covert out of penitentiary - From tba rV,Jnmbna Jo ot -r.w. -r.w. vi.t 1 Aa...
From tba rV,Jnmbna Jo ot -r.w. -r.w. vi.t 1 Aa Anomaly t the Criminal Record. During the present week we have had ons of the most peculiar case of quick legislation legislation aad corresponding prompt aotioa of .thepertieaeenoerned, thereafter, ea record, 9 be grand Jury of Warren Ourjuly, at their late sitting, found a bill of indictment sgainst Samuel Coovert, for murder in the first degree. He, at the time, was serving n term in the penitentiary, having been found guilty of perjury in swearing that the murderer of the Roosa family was a resident of Cincinnati. He was sentenced in May last for a term of five years. It is now made certain, by the confession of O'Neil, his confederate, and other circumstances, circumstances, that Coovert himself was the principal principal party in that murder. O'Neil is now confined in the jail at Ijebanon, but Coovert, Coovert, being held in tbe penitentiary as a convict, could not be tried for his greater crime. The ease was one of peculiar urgency, urgency, and a memorial cn the subject was presented to the Legislature. On the liHh inst. a bill was psssed giving power to the Governor, in cases where penitentiary penitentiary convicts were indicted for the crime of murder in the first degree, to approve approve requisitions on the Warden of the Penitentiary for the delivery of said convicts convicts for trial forthecrime mentioned. The bill became a law on its passage on the irth, and on the 20th a warrant was issued by the Warren County Court for the delivery delivery of Coovert, Sheriff Butler arriving here on the same day. Yesterday (21st) the warrant was approved by Governor Cox, snd the Sheriff started with his prisoner for Lebanon, where the trial is to take place. Thia is the first case of the kind ever occurring in the State, and as there was no precedent for action, the Legislature acted promptly in the premises, and made the law that is to hare so important a bearing bearing en this and other oriminal cases. Previous Previous to the passage of this law there was no authority by which a convict could be taken out and tried on a separate indictment indictment until his time had expired. Kentucky Politics. At s of the Democrats snd Conservatives muster in of pat by Southern-Elates end the we his the old, His in

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