Monday, March 12, 2012

Women on a jury? Ha ha ha, how novel!

The case of inquisition in lunacy of Mrs. Elizabeth Hutchinson was heard in the county court Thursday. The novel feature of the trial was the the fact that the jury box was filled with women. Judge Morning gave Deputy Sheriff "Billy" Leahy permission to summon women as jurors. "Billy" was delighted and soon had a sufficient number of the fair sex subpoenaed to try the case. "Billy" is happiest when he can show his gallantry to the ladies. The jury was comprised of Mesdames Kate Starr, Katie Pully, Mary Criswell, Mrs. Charles McCormick, Alice Reagen and Miss Maud Keller. Mrs. Starr was foreman. Mrs. Hutchison was committed to the state insane asylum at Pueblo.

[From the Routt County Republican, July 1, 1910.]

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