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Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin

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

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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
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. 
42Letter of Ferris i. Wnite to John J. Blaine, November 27, 1926, CP!. 

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