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German and Austrian Press Aroused over Court’s Refusal to Set Aside Halsmann Murder Verdict

The German press is aroused over the refusal of the Austrain Supreme Court to set aside the verdict of guilty in the case of Philip Halsmann, who is serving a prison sentence on the charge that he murdered his father.

The “Vossische Zeitung” declares that it cannot understand how the court could have refused to set aside the verdict, since it should have taken into consideration the fact that the judge in Innsbruck, where Halsmann was tried and sentenced, was influenced by local sentiment. It believes, however, that the drama is not over and that the search for the truth will be continued.

The “Berliner Tageblatt” writes that the whole world deplores the decision of the Vienna court. It says that this isn’t the first time that the Vienna court has issued an unjust verdict, since it is hampered by formal rules and regulations. The paper believes that confidence in the justice of court decisions has received a severe blow as a result of this decision.