HUNGARY: Madcap Trial

At Budapest three judges frowned upon a judicial bench stacked high with counterfeit French francs. Since trial by jury has now been abolished in Hungary, the jury-box -built -for -twelve was pressed into service to accommodate twenty-six defense attorneys. The twenty-four prisoners, who sat close together on three long benches, arose one by one as their names were called, and nearly all confessed to having taken part in counterfeiting the piles of banknotes, but stated proudly: 1) that they had done so by command of their superior officers; or 2) that they had...

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