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In Years Past

December 4, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, Ernest Frahm, the young farmer whose arrest and detention for refusing to answer questions in the grand jury room was the sensation of the John Doe investigation before the grand jury at Little Valley, did not succeed in obtaining his release, although his attorney, Henry P. Nevin of Salamanca, made a strenuous effort to have him purged of contempt of court and released from jail. Justice Bissell sentenced him to 10 days in the county jail for contempt of court. Attorney Nevin stated that he had been consulted by Frahm as to his rights. He had advised Frahm that he was not obliged to answer any questions that would tend to incriminate him. Frahm had misunderstood the advice and refused to answer any questions whatever.



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