The Rock Island Argus
The Rock Island Argus
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Description: Broderick Held Not Guilty, Too

Date: March 25 1911

Newspaper published in: Rock Island, IL


Page/Column: Page 1, Column 6

Springfield Jury Refuses to Convict of Giving Holstlaw Bribe
Takes but 22 Minutes to Decide—Evidence
Presented by State Considered Unreliable
Springfield, Ill., March 25. – The Broderick bribery case, which has been on trial in the circuit court since Monday morning of this week, was completed yesterday afternoon and the jury returned a verdict of "not guilty" at 4:12 o'clock, after being out only 22 minutes.
When the verdict was learned, Broderick said: "I am not guilty of the crime charged against me."
State's Attorney Burke made his final arguments yesterday afternoon, starting immediately after the noon recess at 1:30 o'clock and continued; until 3 o'clock.
Toward the last of his address he made a sensational declaration. Talking directly to Mr. Broderick, he said:
"John Broderick, if you will get up here before the court and under oath state where you got that $2.500, I will nolle this case, so help me God, if it is the last thing I ever do "
The defense objected to the statement on the grounds that they could not answer and that the answer would be that Mr. Broderick could not do what the state's attorney suggested, as he never received the $2,500. The objection was sustained.
The Broderick case was one of the many alleged bribery cases on which members of the general assembly were indicted for alleged vote buying.
Broderick was charged in the indictment which was returned by the Sangamon county grand jury of having given to former State Senator D. W. Holstlaw $2,500 for his vote for William Lorimer for the United States senate.
The defense introduced evidence to show the unreliability of Holstlaw as a witness, testimony of Walz, Jandus and Feeney to the effect that no money changed hands at the meeting of Broderick and Holstlaw, the denial of Senator Broderick of the conversation at the St. Nicholas hotel and the alleged attitude of newspapers to destroy Lorimer.

Submitted: 02/21/14 (Edited 02/21/14)

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