Chicago Justice, c. 1880: Lawless Gets His Just Reward

IMG_0170Last week, when doing a little follow-up research for my previous post, I couldn’t resist setting up and taking this photo of a Criminal Court packet I came across from 1880, for none other than a man named “William Lawless”.

I didn’t bother to open it to discover what the evil deed doer did, as I  had little time before the Archives Department was about to close for the day.

Good to see though, that  despite two pleas (which I assume were “not guilty”), Mr. Lawless did not get off, but instead  was sentenced to 30 days in jail for each offense.

With a surname like “Lawless” though,  I suspect this defendant never stood a chance…

 Photo and post copyright © 2015, Patricia Desmond Biallas

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2 Responses to Chicago Justice, c. 1880: Lawless Gets His Just Reward

  1. Lorene says:

    Great photo, Pat. Nice to combine your interests this way!

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