Legal Crusaders Pecullar Position, Daily Racing Form, 1908-10-04


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LEGAL CRUSADERS PECULIAR POSITION. New York. October 3. District Attorney Darrin of Queens County, who. spurred "by Governor Hughes orders, is heading the drastic crusade against alleged bookmakers, defines his position in this way: I am Tory fond of racing and have attended i races for many years. Racing used to be the game: : it Isnt the game now. I have been here only about : twenty-five minutes and I have passed through tho crowds and have observed what is going on. It is i verv evident to me that there is betting, and plenty of it. although I have not seen money passed or " persons making memoranda. But I have been going to races for thirty-tive years, since I was a small i 1kv. and I fan see what Is being done. "I have? not determined on any line of action. 1 sun receiving reports from a number of capable men in whom I have confidence, and on these reports will base my action. If 1 find sufficient evidence on 1 tttt vliich to charge violations of the law I -will proceed 1 against the parties 1 believe to tie guilty of crime. . w either through tho grand jury, the police magistrate, or some other authority, have tho parties arrested 1 and will prosecute the cases. I will not bo governed by the decision of Judge Biachoff or any other judge. I will be galded by too 3 plain letter of tho law and my own interpretation ! of It. Whether my course will be upheld or not in case of appeal will be for the higher courts to say. s tho law reads every form of betting Is gambling That Is my view. It remains for the Court t of Appeals to say what is the correct construction." Asked "if he could swear that he had seen any vjolatiomof the law he repliedsthat he could not, 1

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