Questions Hart-Agnew Laws Validity., Daily Racing Form, 1908-06-27


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QUESTIONS HARTAGNEW LAWS VALIDITY London Juno 2G That the state of New York has never received a severer blow than that sus ¬ tained by the passing of the antiracing bill is the opinion of Judge E P Coyne of New York who Is now in London as counsel for the Jockey Club ClubI I suppose my views on the subject will be re ¬ garded as prejudiced he said but as a private lawyer I think the bill is unconstitutional and that therefore in the end it will be found Impossible to enforce Its provisions provisionsLove Love of gambling is an ineradicable weakness In most men and especially Americans and the law making bettiug a misdemeanor punishable by im ¬ prisonment Is a curtailment of the liberties of citizens and therefore unconstitutional unconstitutionalThe The bill was even passed in an unconstitutional way for to gain his end Governor Hughes called a special election and an extra legislative session Tin majority of the senators even did not vote as they wished wishedThe The bill If enforced strictly will kill racing and discourage horse breeding hurt agriculture and throw thousands of men out o employment But in the end I am sure the courts will decide that the bill Is In violation of the constitution

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