Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 7: One man's vendetta, pp. 120-137 PDF (5.8 MB)
131 pertained to this issue,39 The rationale behind Blaine's presentation was that he desired Thite to get the Governor's view of the problem "....before getting you into something where you might feel the prospects of success were extremely doubtful.,,40 Before Blaine rendered a final decision, he wanted Trite's opinion of the prospects for success in the 1Miinier matter. In conclusion, the Governor said that "I might add that I haven't examined the details of the petition from the stand-ooint of' whether or not it presents facts which, if true, would constitute a violation of the law. It probably does*"41 Ferris White concurred with the Governor's opinion that the court was without jurisdiction2. The key to this was Section 7, Article IV of the W7isconsin constitution which provided that "....'each house shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its ovra members.'"42 Furthermore, Seclion 8 of Article VIII provided that "'the circuit courts shall have jurisdiction in all matters civil and criminal within this state, not excepted in the constitution." ,'43 This meant that the 39Blaine to 7hite, November 24, 1926, CPI. 40Ibid. 41Ibid. 42Letter of Ferris i. Wnite to John J. Blaine, November 27, 1926, CP!. 43Ibid.
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