Law: Country Judges

Since Mrs. O'Leary's apocryphal cow kicked over the lantern which started the Great Fire of 1871, Cook County has relied more & more upon out-of-town judges to sit in Chicago courts because of crowded court calendars. Periodic attempts have been made to stop the practice, but, as with all reform in Chicago, with scant success. The late Anton Joseph ("Tony") Cermak said that there was enough unemployment among local judges without importing out-of-town municipal justices, and State's Attorneys ruled the method of paying visiting judges was illegal. Last week for the first time...

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