There will be no women smmoned for jury duty this week in Justice Williams's court, as was announced by the Prosecuting Attorney.
In plans for having members of the fairer sex decide the fate of men charged with violating a park ordinance, the prosecutor failed to reckon with Chief of Police [Edward F.] Dishman [pictured]. An officer working under the Chief summons all persons to do jury duty, and the head of the department will not stand for dragging women into Police Court when there is no necessity for it. . . . The venire officer was told to serve no summons on women.
Guy Eddie, Prosecuting Attorney, and Samuel Barnes Smith, his deputy, lathered the idea of giving the suffragettes a place on the Police Court panels. . . .
Women are qualified to act as jurors, he declared. The Superior Court judges have decided on that point. Woman is not the slave of man she once was. . . .
It was pointed out to him that, if a few women insist on listening to foul languag e, necessarily brought out in many Police Court cases, it is because they are weak and must be protected from their weakness.
Well, they want to sit as jurors, he declared. The best way to cure them is to give them a taste of it. If they heard some of these things they would not be so anxious for places in the jury box.
The Chief of Police takes an entirely different view of the matter. He holds that it is an insult to women of refined tastes to drag them into cases which are too disgusting to be given publicity.
When we run out of men, then it will be time enough to think of getting women for jury duty, he said yesterday. Such a thought is not to be tolerated. . . .
Just picture a sensitive woman, with a sense of decency, sitting through some of the cases it is necessary to deal with . . . .
The Chief does not take the stand that women would not make good jurors, but he desires to save those, who do not know the nature of many court cases, from being insulted.
Note: This is a different court from that in the stories above and below.