Geraghty, Thomas F.
March 2002
Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology;Spring/Summer2002, Vol. 92 Issue 3/4, p555
Academic Journal
This article describes the practice law in the courts of Cook County, Illinois in 1929, using a study of Cook County's criminal justice system and one high-profile case as the basis for that description. The trial of the People v. Fisher case was conducted within the system described by a survey. The lawyers involved in the case, both prosecution and defense, displayed skill and dedication. The defense lawyers, in particular fought with remarkable zeal to save their clients' lives in the face of overwhelming odds. The defense team consisted of John Fogle on behalf of Leonard Shadlow, Richard E. Westbrooks on behalf of Leon Brown and Joseph Lofton on behalf of Lafon Fisher. A review of the trial record and other documents in the case reveals considerable confusion over one key fact. The State's theory at the trial of Fisher, Shadlow, Brown and Jenkins was that Shadlow was in possession of the sawed off shotgun and that Shadlow and Brown noted that John E. Geraghty, a patron of the bank who witnessed the robbery, identified Shadlow as the robber who had the shotgun. Leo Pocquette, an employee of the bank who exchanged gunshots with the robbers and who was shot in the foot during the holdup, testified that Shadlow and the shotgun. So did an employee of the bank, Alexander McKay.


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