Newspapers, etc. - Ogden (Utah) - 19171214


JURY MADE UP OF WOMEN IS DOUBTFUL, ACCORDING TO A JURIST WHO LOOKS UP LAW

Question: Can a woman, although otherwise qualified as to citizenship, serve upon a jury in Utah?

At least one jurist, unquestionably learned in the law of the state, says he thinks not. He cites his authority, section 1299 of the compiled laws of 1907, as proof that they are exempt.

"I have not undertaken to look for amendments, but I have no recollection at this time of any amendment to that section," he said. "It provides a list of exemptions, including fourteen in all. The last clause exempts women from service on jury and, of course, those declared to be exempt, it would be useless to summon."

County Attorney Charles Farr is not fully convinced. He is investigating this afternoon and will go so far as to obtain an opinion from the attorney general's department. If sanctioned by law, he purposes [sic] to have a jury composed of women to serve at least once in this state.

The question arose as a result of the announcement yesterday [Dec. 13, 1917] that Mrs. Eliza Bremer, charged with bootlegging, would be tried Monday [Dec. 17, 1917] in municipal court, by a jury of women. Instructions already have been given Constable Tom Cunningham to empanel a venire of women.

Source: Ogden standard (Ogden, Utah). 42nd year, no. 296 (Dec. 14, 1917), p. 14, Jury made up of women is doubtful, according to a jurist who looks up law.


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