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Case was made for adopting a movable federal court here

2012-02-11T00:00:00Z Case was made for adopting a movable federal court hereArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 11, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Leading up to Arizona's centennial Feb. 14, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Feb. 2, 1912

It is altogether likely that the United States court, for the district of Arizona, will be made movable, as suggested by the Star, editorially on the morning of December 17.

United States Marshal Overlock, who lately returned from the East, said that when he was in Washington a movement to secure such an order from the Department of Justice was under way. It was proposed that terms of the court should be held at Phoenix, Prescott, Tucson and Globe.

Probably a similar arrangement will be made as to New Mexico where conditions including the magnificent distances are the same as in Arizona.

There is a special reason why sessions of the court should be held at various points in the two new states, where a considerable part of the business of the court will consist of trials of smugglers and persons charged with sale of liquor to Indians under care of Indian agents.

Witnesses and defendants could be moved to a central point like Phoenix only at great expense and trouble. Of course, it is not expected that any order will be made until after the appointment of the United States judge.

- Arizona Daily Star

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