Leadership

Newark Incendiary Sent to Jail

Issue 15 and Volume 82.

Newark Incendiary Sent to Jail William Kirschenbaum, insurance adjuster of Newark, N. J., found guilty in the Superior Court at Bridgeport, Conn., in September, 1928, of setting fire to the plant of the Reduso Rubber Company of Bridgeport on the night of May 3, 1927, must serve his five to ten year term in the Connecticut State prison at Wethersfield, according to a Supreme Court opinion written by Chief Justice George W. Wheeler. “The jury would have been justified in finding the accused’s testimony far from convincing and filled with contradictions, inconsistencies, evasions and manifest untruths,” said the Court which took exception to the “tactics” of the defense counsel of Keogh & Candee and Frederick J. Groehl of New York, the latter who defended Gerald Chapman. It observed, “The result indicates, as it customarily does that, as a rule, success in the court room does not follow professional methods of…

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