Locke Law Test in the Courts, Daily Racing Form, 1908-12-18


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LOCKE LAW TEST IN THE COURTS. New Orleans. La., December 17. Five informations in all against the testers of the Locke anti gambling law at the City Park race track yesterday were tiled by District Attorney Adams today, and all of those against whom the informations were filed, six in iiumler, appeared and gave bonds in the sum of 00 each, with the exception of Edward Corrigan, who is not in the city. Colonel Samuel F. Heaslip, president of the City Park Racing Association, -was one of the race track promoters against whom an information was, filed. He surrendered this morning to Sheriff Long and immediately gave lond. He was accompanied by his bondsman, J. T-oewengardr, the jeweler, who signed in the sum of 1908.sh00. Two informations appear against W. W. Lyles. and one each against Placide Frigerio and Rolert M. Sheflield. They all gave lond in the sum of 00, Alexander Brewster signing for the three. Heaslip and Corrigan are charged jointly in one information 1y District Attorney Adams with violating Act 57, of 100S. relative to aiding and assisting in a horse race. Sheflield and Frigerio are charged in separate informations with aiding and assisting in the operation of a letting book, while the two informations against Lyles charge him with promoting, aiding and assisting in the. operation of a betting book and assisting in a horse race. The information against Edward Corrigan. part owner of the City Park race track, who declares that he was entirely ignorant of the movement to test the Locke law, will stand against him. It is not thought necessary to take steps- to have Mr. Corrigan brought to New Orleans, since it was learned that he intends coming to this city to face the charge against him. In fact, he is now preparing 4o leave Louisville for New Orleans. Heaslip and Lyles will be arraigned before Judge Baker tomorrow morning and both will doubtless plead not guilty, for it is their intention, as per agreement, to light the Locke law upon the grounds that It is unconstitutional. Denouncing yesterdays so-called test of the Locke bill as a farce and criticising the district attorney ! and the. police department for not preventing the violation of the law. Colonel Samuel F. Heaslip. president of the New Orleans Jockey Club, today announced that he would resign all official connection with the club. "Testing the Locke bill is a waste of time, declared Mr. Heaslip, "and the best lawyers I know have assured me of it. The contemptible business of yesterday solidifies sentiment against the whole institution of racing. If racing is ever to he resumed in Louisiana, It must bo with the concent of the people." The people today are strongly against it. The whole thing has aggravated and annoyed me to an inexpressible degree. My integrity has been questioned and persons who do not know me are inclined to believe that I was mixed up in that miserable farce at the City Park track yesterday. More than sixty days ago I notified the board of directors that 1 would not be identified with any test of the Locke law that might be made and that if the club took any part in any test I would resign. "When AV. W. Lyles came to me I gave him written permission to run a few horses over the track, as I had to numerous horse owners. It was specifically stipulated that Mr. Lyles was not to violate the Locke law or any other law. Mr. Lyles is a lawyer himself and now he is trying to drag me into the affair by using my permit as documentary evidence. The district attorney will see for himself that I gave the permit for the use of the track under express conditions that no law would be violated."

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