Another in our series of new transcriptions of contemporary articles on the Leo Frank case.
August 4th, 1913
A bitter, determined cross-examination of Jim Conley by Luther Rosser was marked by a prolonged battle between counsel for the defense and State over the method of questioning the negro.
The defense won a complete victory, Judge Roan ruling that the accuser of Leo Frank could be cross-examined on any subject the prisoner’s lawyers saw fit.
In the course of this legal tilt Luther Rosser said:
“I am going after him (referring to Conley) and I am going to jump on him with both feet.”
Turning to counsel for the State he added significantly: “And I won’t enlighten him, either. Your period of enlightenment is over.”
Rosser, before the afternoon session concluded, got the negro to say that he had been lying when he said that he got up at 9 o’clock the day of the crime. He said he got up at 6 o’clock.Continue Reading →