Newspapers, etc. - Ogden (Utah) - 19171217


Mrs. Catherine Howell, Mrs. Mary Jones, Miss Ellen Chapman and F. J. Hurt—three women and one man—

That is the jury trying the case of the state against Mrs. Eliza Bremer, charged with violating the liquor laws. The case was called by Judge George S. Barker in municipal court this morning [Dec. 17, 1917] and the jury empaneled shortly before noon.

It is the first instance in the history of Weber county of women serving upon a jury. County Attorney Farr insisted that women should try the defendant, also a woman. Attorney Marriott, counsel for Mrs. Bremer, objected to the panel on the grounds that the statutes exempt women from service upon juries in Utah and that women should not be served when they are known to be exempt.

Mrs. Bremer is charged with selling a drink of whiskey to her son-in-law, Mike Sullivan, Nov. 29 [1917]. Sullivan made the complaint. The defense has entered a plea of not guilty and will seek to show that Mrs. Bremer's arrest was a "frame-up" in that Sullivan had the complaint issued as matter of spite because he had been invited to leave the Bremer home, where, it is alleged, he has been rooming and boarding without compensation.

Mrs. Sullivan, wife of the prosecuting witness and the daughter of the defendant woman, was in the court room today with her mother. She is attractive and apparently in entire sympathy with her mother. She took a keen interest in the proceedings.

Source: Ogden standard (Ogden, Utah). 42nd year, no. 298 (Dec. 17, 1917), p. 8, Three women are serving on jury in municipal court in Bremer liquor case.

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