Real Rough on the Layers: Fines and Imprisonment Given to Four on Trial at New Orleans, Daily Racing Form, 1922-03-04


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R _ T ■ ., ? . in * j j? as n r to [ g „ t , ,, to | f s « a d b a ; I. n p c s 0 b on o p d J u a a as REAL ROUGH ON THE LAYERS . a . Fines and Imprisonment Given To Four on Trial at New Orleans. * , Judge Humphrey Holds Method Used at the Pair Grounds Violates the Locke Law. ♦ NEW ORLEANS, I.a.. March ."..—Tom Shaw. Mark P.oa/berg, better known as Jack Sheenau; Remv Dorr and Harry t.ardner. four of the niosi widelV known "oralizeis" or "layers" at the Fair Orouuds race- track, were found guilty of ti violation of the Uicke ami-betting law by judge X. K. Humpbrev the criminal district court Friday morning aud each were sentenced to pay a fine of R-100 and serve seven months iu the parish prison. The convictions c.uye after a si10rt trial and the quick finding of the decision and rigorous penalty inflicted bv the trial judge brought a gasp of genuine dismav* from the hundreds whose faces are well known around the local race tracks that filled the big criminal courtroom. The case went to the trial judge without a single witness being heard on either .side. Attorney for the defense endeavored at first to stay off the inevitable by filing with the court bills "of exception which were overruled by judge Humphrey as fast they were presented. Stung by the pointed remark of the district attorney that they were trying build up a case for the Supreme Court, Chandler Euzenberg. one of the attorneys for the four defendant.-, admitted that the time for qniWjrftnj-tmtT*" gone by and that he wanted a complete record for the court. "We want the high court to Kettle the racing question definitely." said Iamenberg. "The people I represent want the whole tangle to go lip the final court and we are not laving any trap for the court." The court was then presented with the "agreed statement of facts." The whole trial had tieeu what attorneys call an "open and shut case." Tie attorneys for the defense staked their all on a demurrer they filed when their clients were first brought to trial. They contended that the *:peucil and paper** system of betting used at the Fair Urounds was not a "device" as defined in the Locke law. Judge Humphrey last week ruled otherwise and ordered the four to stand trial. Defense attorneys expressed a desire to rush proceedings. They declared thev will carry the case to the Supreme Court and fight it out there. The agreed statement of facts outlined the system of betting at the Fair .rounds traefc. Otaliaen who write nothing themselves will accept bets after the bettor asks oihLs and writes his bet a slip of paper, which with his money bet is presented to the odds layer or oraliaer. Attorneys w ho followed the trial of the bookies declared the men would be found guilty when Judge Humphrey ruled the system of lietting came under the head of device. The defense attorney* argued that "device" meant a mechanical device, a pari mm lie I machine. ■ a

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