The judge reviewed the evidence, concluding with pen pictures of the assassin as drawn by the defence and prosecution, the latter last. It was with this picture of moral monstrosity that the jury took the case.
Guiteau listened intently to the charge, interrupting only twice, being evidently cowed.
The jury left the court room at 4.45, and retired to the consultation room. There was great confusion in the court room, Guiteau and the judge seeming to be the only quiet persons in the room.
Before the jury returned, Corkhill was asked what he thought about the charge. "It was strong," he said. "I have never had a doubt that the jury would bring in a verdict of guilty within half an hour, unless there was a crazy man on the jury."
At 4.55 P. M. a recess of half an hour was taken. At 5.35 the court was called to order, and at 5.36 the jury came in and rendered a verdict of guilty. Guiteau's bearing after the verdict was given was cool and collected. The sentence will soon be pronounced.
When the verdict was rendered the convicted assassin made no movement and uttered no sound. He manifested no sign of interest, excepting a slight tremor of the upper lip. After the verdict had been announced Mr. Scoville rose to ask when he should file his motion for
A NEW TRIAL.Judge Cox told him he could file it any time within four days. Scoville says he will file a motion for a new trial Saturday. The main points on which this motion will be based are as follows:
"That the jury erred in rendering a verdict contrary to the law, and that they erred in rendering a verdict contrary to the evidence; that Judge Cox in his charge did not base it upon all the evidence, and that the jury during the trial read the newspapers and had conversation with outside persons. Mr. Scoville said that, should this motion be denied, an appeal will be taken to the court in banc in April."
He says there are good reasons for a new trial, and he proposes to show that when the popular feeling has died away.
HOW THE NEWS WAS RECEIVED.When the news reached Mrs. Garfield she was quiet and composed. When the result was read at the Opera House and Academy of Music in Cleveland the audience rose and cheered. In New York the verdict was the universal topic of conversation, and people congratulated each other wherever the news was heard. In Washington the result was universally approved and the jury highly commended. In fact, the news spread over the country like wild-fire, and was received on all sides with satisfaction.
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