MAY DROP SUIT IN GIRL'S
Union Prosecutor Fears Second Action May Be Illegal
Newark Evening News, March 23, 1952
ELIZABETHOfficials of the prosecutor's
office revealed today that the manslaughter charge against the Grow
Construction Co., New Jersey Turnpike contractors, in the drowning of
Clara Ann Cool, 6, last May 5 in an excavation ditch might be called
off because of double jeopardy.
The company was found guilty Wednesday,
of manslaughter in a similar indictment for the drowning of Clara Ann's
brother, Norman, 9. Prosecutor's aides said a second trial on such a
similar matter might constitute an interference in the defendant's rights.
They emphasized, however, that the matter
was still under examination.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Cool, of 504 East
Jersey street, parents of the children, are seeking civil damages against
the company. The company has announced it will appeal the manslaughter
Courtesy of the Newark Public Library.