CRIME: Illinois Trial

There was a strange trial at Benton, Ill., last week. Three men— Charles Birger, Art Newman and Ray Hyland, gangsters all—were on trial for murder. The state claimed that they had paid Harry Thomasson, 19, and Elmo Thomasson, 17, $50 apiece to kill Mayor Joe Adams of West City, Ill., last winter (TIME, Feb. 21). The jury was chosen, the prosecution made its case, it was time for the defense to offer its testimony. But, one after the other, attorneys for Messrs. Birger, Newman and Hyland announced that their clients would not...

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