Newspapers, etc. - Ogden (Utah) - 19171218


Mrs. Eliza Bremer, charged with violating the liquor laws, was acquitted in municipal court this morning [Dec. 18, 1917] by a verdict returned by a jury, three of whom were women. The offense was alleged to have taken place November 29 [1917], and the prosecuting witness was Mike Sullivan, son-in-law of the defendant woman.

It was the first time in the history of Weber county that a woman served on a trial jury. Only one member of the panel was a man. The jury was composed of Mrs. Catherine Howell, Mrs. Mary Jones, Miss Ellen Chapman and F. J. Hurt. The verdict was returned within thirty minutes after retiring for deliberation.

County Attorney Farr prosecuted the case. Attorney Marriott represented the defendant. The defense pleaded a "frame-up" in that Sullivan sought the arrest as a matter of spite in that he had been requested to either pay board or leave the Bremer home.

Source: Ogden standard (Ogden, Utah). 42nd year, no. 299 (Dec. 18, 1917), p. 9, Women as jurors acquit one of their own sex.

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