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May 23, 1934
Judge orders city alderman examined
Lackawanna County Judge William R. Lewis ordered that Scranton Alderman Jacob Smith be examined by a court-appointed doctor to gain an understanding of Smith’s sudden “illness.”
Smith, who was charged with embezzling money from the Scranton School District in 1932, informed the court through his attorneys on the eve of when his trial was to begin that he had suddenly been stricken with a serious illness. Smith was reportedly in a hospital in Philadelphia.
Assistant District Attorney John W. Murphy reported Smith was working at his office on May 21 and he had hearings scheduled for May 28. Smith’s attorneys produced a letter from Smith’s doctor, M.I. Pentecost, that said Smith was too ill to withstand a trial.