Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.
July 24th, 1913
Leo Frank should be placed on trial Monday for the murder of Mary Phagan.
The crime was committed April 26; Frank was arrested April 28; he was indicted Mary 23 and his trial set for June 30.
At the suggestion of the judge in whose court the trial is to take place, a postponement was agreed on, and the date of the trial moved up to July 28.
Now attempts are being made to secure another postponement. The only reason given to the public is that the weather is hot and it would be disagreeable to hold the trial in the summer.
Of course it is hot, but it isn’t any hotter in the court room than it is in jail.
Both the prosecution and the defense have had ample time to prepare their cases. If Frank is guilty, the State can prove his guilt as well now as later on; if he is innocent, the defense can prove his innocence as well in summer as in winter.
The public has taken a keen interest in the Phagan case and it will demand that the man who killed her be punished, whether that man is Frank or someone else. Furthermore, it is tired of delays.
Public sentiment is where it was on the date first set for Frank’s trial and it will be at the same place if the trial is delayed for a year.
Atlantans are awaiting the trial with open minds. They are not holding themselves up as judges. They know the law is supreme and they want it to take its course. But they want that course taken without seemingly endless delays.