Rehearing of Merritt Case Set for April 18, 19 or 20, Daily Racing Form, 1944-04-08


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Rehearing of Merritt Case Set for April 18, 19 or 20 NEW YORK, N. Y., April 7.— The rehearing of the jockey Robert Merritt case will not be held on April 14, as originally planned, Merritts attorney, William Selig-son, advised Daily Racing Form today. Seligson said he had been advised by the attorney-generals office that the hearing will be held at 7:30 p. m. on April 18, 19 or 20. The exact date probably will be set Monday. The Merritt hearing will be open to the public and will be held at the State Building, on Centre Street. This marks the first time in The Jockey Club history that such a hearing has been open to the public. Jockey Merritt was denied a license in 1943. having been accused of •pulling" Peep Show in two races at Empire City the previ-Ml ! season. Through Attorney Seligson, | I Merritt appealed to the state supreme court te a review of the case, and after Justice i Carroll G. Walter ruled that the case was ! reviewable Merritt won a second round be- [ fore the appellate division. Merritt again i i was denied a license to ride in 1944 pending the result of the forthcoming public hearing before the joint board of the state racing commission and two stewards of The Jockey Club.

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