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Archive for January 28th, 2014

Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier, January 28, 1910

Mighty Jimmy Sullivan, boxer, surrounded by Sheriff Bob Hodge, Harry Gwin, and an unknown companion (Black Diamond: Mining the Memories, page 178).

Mighty Jimmy Sullivan, boxer, surrounded by Sheriff Bob Hodge, Harry Gwin, and an unknown companion (Black Diamond: Mining the Memories, page 178).

Charged in a grand jury indictment with the crime of willful neglect of duty, Sheriff Robert T. Hodge of King County was placed under arrest by Coroner James C. Snyder, the only officer in the county legally empowered to arrest the sheriff. It is alleged in the indictment that Sheriff Hodge knowingly and willfully neglected to enforce the law against the possession and operation of slot machines.

Sheriff Hodge is also under indictment for refusing to remove Jailer Roberts from office when so commanded to do so by the grand jury. He surrendered himself to the court upon this indictment and was released on his recognizance.

Incidental to the indictment of Jailer Roberts the attorney-general of the state has been called upon to aid the prosecutor of King County in the conduct of the case, the first time such a situation has arisen in the history of the State of Washington.

This unusual situation is explained by the statement that the official friction between the offices of the prosecuting attorney and sheriff is such that a fair trial can be guaranteed Jailer Roberts only under the direction of the disinterested prosecutor.

It is also stated that there may be developments in the Roberts hearing that will involve others, a circumstance which would further embarrass the office of the prosecuting attorney.

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