Law: First Challenge

California had not long to wait last week for the first use of its new law permitting peremptory challenge of the judge assigned to try a case (TIME, Aug. 30). Grey-topped, crotchety, bushy-eyebrowed Superior Judge Frank H. Dunne, 67, one of the old-timers on San Francisco's bench, had just opened court with the case of Howe v. Howe, an action to set aside a property settlement on a wife. Up popped noisy Lawyer Jacob Wilbur ("Jake") Ehrlich, 37, who once successfully defended Alexander Pantages against a rape charge. Said he, "Your Honor, it...

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