LAW OFFICE OF
E. B. CRITCHLOW,
Rooms 38 and 39.
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HIS BXCELJJENCY, ARTHUR L. THOMAS.
I have been requested by friends of Mr. Samuel 0.
Bennett, who is confined in the Penitentiary under sentence of
five years, to intercede with you for his pardon.
I conducted the prosecution which resulted in his conviction,
and the circumstances are still freah in my mind. At the time
of the trial I felt very much outraged on account of the youth of
the girl who waa assaulted, and undoubtedly the Jurors were
similarly affected, for they, without being out more than ten or
fifteen minuses, brought in the verdict of guilty. There ia not
now and cannot be I think any doubt as to the guilt of Bennett upon
the charge upon which he was convicted.
X understand since the trial that Bennett himself never
denied any of the essential facta, but contended at the time that
he waa so under the influence of liquor that he did not know what
he was about. There was some evidence to the effeet that he had
been drinking, but even this of course could not shield him of the
consequences of his unlawful acts. I understand now that he
wished at the time to go upon the Stand and make a statement in
his own behalf, acknowledging the truth of the material elements of