Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on May 3, 1974 · Page 5
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 5

Carroll, Iowa
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Friday, May 3, 1974
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Beleaguered State Auditor Sought Own Impeachment Trial in 1886 By Richard Shacklett (Drake University Journalism Student) DES MOINES - Has the Iowa Legislature ever opted for the impeachment process? Yes, and in near storybook fashion. Iowa's only impeachment case came in 1886 when the House of Representatives charged State Auditor John L. Brown with "misdemeanors and malfeasance in office." Brown was finally acquitted, but what makes the trial unique is that he requested his own impeachment to protect his reputation. The Memorial and biographical Record of Iowa, written in 1896, painted a complimentary picture of Brown and hailed him as a protector of the people. Brown became state auditor in 1883 and instituted reforms which caused him to fall out of favor with special interest groups. In the Noonday Sun — Dignified trio of white Pelicans at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo bask in the Two Escape From Jail MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP)—Authorities were searching Friday for two men who escaped Thursday night noonday sun but certainly don't appear relaxed despite their lazy respite from amusing visitors to the zoo's birdhouse. from the Marshall County jail in Marshalltown. Sought were John L. White, 38, being held for Tama County authorities on a grand larceny charge, and Wesley Kelly, 26. charged with larceny in the nighttime. The sheriff's office said the men escaped about 10 p.m. when a door in a cell block malfunctioned, allowing them access to a hallway where they kicked out a welded screen window and fled. As auditor, he was responsible for administering the state's insurance laws. He found a group of organizations falsely claiming to be insurance companies, and he ended the illegal use of the auditor's seal. Although he drew much criticism from the companies and some Manning Scouts Given Awards MANNING - Cub Scout Pack 110 held its April pack meeting on April 29 at the school cafetorium. Den 6 presented the flag. Cubmaster Lyle Gross presented the following awards: John Bunz - wolf badge; Todd Larsen and Barry Schwiesow - bear badges; Mike Lamp - bear badge, gold arrow, two silver arrows; Kent Pfahhkuch, Jeff Waterbur, Alan Friedman and Brian Wieland - silver arrows and Steve Fogleman sportsman. Den 3 presented a skit. Announcements concerning Scout-A-Rama at Glidden on May 5 were given, and all ticket money was turned in. The boys participated in several relay games. Lunch was served by Dens 1 and 7. The last pack meeting of the season will be the family picnic at the city park on May 26 at 7 p.m. Weather permitting, the kite tournament will be held that same afternoon at the airport. Mrs. Alvan Hansen was a Sunday visitor at Iowa City with her son Vernon, a junior at the University of Iowa, and also attended the Mother's Day activities at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house. Mr. and Mrs. Errol Wegner entertained this past weekend in honor of their sons' birthdays, Cory 13, and Craig, 10. Times Herald, Carroll, la. £ Friday, May 3, 1974 O journalists, a regulatory law was enacted at his request to deal with the problems. Brown also lodged a vigorous complaint against the appointment of a railroad commissioner who, he claimed, was disqualified by law for the post and was the "hand-picked" choice of the railroads. lowans finally demanded and received popular election of railroad commissioners. In 1884, Brown wrestled with Iowa's fire insurance companies. He required compliance with state laws and removal of fictitious assets from all reports. Some said the costs of the investigations initiated by his office were excessive. For example, article 28 of the formal impeachment charges claimed that the auditor's office charged $12,688.98 too JCPenney 1 Sale. 25% off all knit fabrics Save on polyester double knits, rib knits, and more. Save'l Re«. 3.99 yd. Double knits or I00 r ; polyester Choose from crepe twill, ribbed knits, and more Save I 25 Reg. 4.99 yd. Polyester flax plaid knits in soft pastels. Machine wash for easy care 20% off our best selling women's pants. Sale 6 40 to 11 20 Reg. SH to S14- Leg it down 10 Penneys and save 20% on women's pants Choose from our most popular pull-on polyester styles with stitched crease, elastic waist Flare or culled leg cuts Misses and extra sizes Save 20% on all girls' Penneypets Sale 1 75 Reg. 2.19. Knit crew neck top ol polyesler/cotton In assorted solids or patterns Sizes S. M. L Sale 2 40 Reg. S3. Solid short ol polyester/cotlon with elastic back waist. Assorted colors in sizes 4-6X Sale 2 07 Reg. 2.59. 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Corporation interests then pressured the 21st General Assembly to institute an extensive investigation of the auditor's office. According to the Record, Brown was given "no show or quarter" by the committee's report — "...he was made to appear among the veriest scoundrels outside of th penitentiary." Only one committee member made comments favorable to Brown. In a unique attempt to prove his innocence, Brown demanded his own impeachment. He subsequently was "arraigned" on 30 articles of impeachment following a House vote of 69-17 on April 13, 1886. Seven lawyers from the House conducted the prosecution, and after a three-month trial Brown was acquitted of all charges. All 50 senators agreed that Gov. Sherman's efforts to oust Brown could not be justified. Brown finished his term and a General Assembly later reimbursed him for all expenses incurred during the hearing. He returned to Lucas County where he had held various governmental positions, and purchased the Chariton Herald, a struggling paper barely a year old. According to the Record, Browns' publication became one of the top county papers in the state. As for the impeachment process in Iowa, it is the same today as it was during Brown's tenure. The governor, Supreme Court and District Court judges and other state officers can be impeached. The House of Representatives has sole power to impeach, and the Senate acts as jury. The trial procedure is similar to that of any court of record; the defendant is entitled to counsel, witnesses and other procedural defenses. Distributed by the Iowa Daily Press Save 20% on all boys' Penneypets. Sale 1 58 Heg. 1.98. Knit crew neck shirl of polyester cotton. In assorted solid colors. Sizes 4-7. Sale S 58 Reg. 4.49. Cuffed baggie jean of polyester cotton in assorted fancy plaids Sizes 4-7 regulars and slims. Sale 1 58 Reg. 1.98. Tank top ol polyester cotton. 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