The Cleveland Daily Herald
Cleveland, April 28, 1859
The Rescue Case – Trial of Langston.
Court convened at nine o’clock yesterday morning (Wednesday, 27th,) it having been adjourned from Monday. As District Attorney Belden had not returned from Columbus, where he was in attendance upon the argument before the Supreme Court, on the application by the prisoners for a writ of Habeas Corpus, the case was again postponed until this morning (Thursday). On the going in of Court this (Thursday) morning it was again stated that the District Attorney had not ye returned, and upon the request of that officer, by letter, the case was postponed until Monday next, the 2d of May, at 9 o’clock. Mr. Hall, one of the jurors, was not in Court, being detained by illness.
Inasmuch as the counsel who argued the affirmative of the motion for writ of Habeas Corpus returned on Tuesday evening, the argument on both sides being concluded, it is surprising that the District Attorney could not also have returned and proceeded Wednesday with the case, but surprise becomes wonder when that official asks to have the case put off until the 2d of May. We have known instances before in which prisoners have been kept in jail a long time before conviction, so that in any event they might be punished. These postponements look as if the District Attorney had that object in view.