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Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
([1971])

Chapter 7: One man's vendetta,   pp. 120-137 PDF (5.8 MB)


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elected. As was explained to Minier, the real question involved surrounded
the validity of the ballot. Had the complaint been made prior to the placing
of Graham's name on the ballot, the probability of making a case would have
been high as the question would then be whether Graham was entitled to have
his name on the ballot.35 
Blaine noted that he did not desire to request an attorney to undertake such
litigation unless he was convinced that the court not only had jurisdiction
but that it could exercise that jurisdiction.36 The Governor frankly admitted
that there was grave doubt in his mind as to the 
validity of !inier's claim.37 No opinion was asked of the Attorney General
as it was his policy to "....presume an act valid unless it is clearly
held to be invalid.",38 All the Attorney General could advise, said
Blaine, was that the Governor "....ought not to authorize an extraordinary
proceeding" if' it were his belief that the petition could not be upheld
because of the probable invalidity of the appropriate section of the Corrupt
Practices Act as it 
35Blaine to -hite, November 24, 1926, CP. 
36Ibi d, 371bid* 381'oid. 


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