Dakota Datebook

Extradition Pending

Saturday, August 17, 2013

 

While the governor’s away, criminals will not go free – a lesson George Nelson learned on this date in 1918. The previous year, Nelson eloped with a married woman from Duluth. They lived under aliases in Hibbing, but when a grand jury in Duluth issued indictments for their arrest, Nelson high-tailed it to Devils Lake. There, he was arrested on a weapons charge and landed in Bismarck penitentiary. Upon release, he thought he was free at last, but a Minnesota sheriff greeted him with an extradition warrant. However, extraditions must be approved by the governor, and Governor Frazier was on vacation. Nelson applied for habeas corpus, demanding a judge immediately, hoping to gain his freedom, but the judge had Nelson jailed on a fugitive’s warrant, to await the governor’s return.

 

Dakota Datebook written by Jayme L. Job

 

Sources:

The Bismarck Tribune. Saturday, August 17, 1918: p. 3.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habeas_corpus

 

 

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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