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This Day in Georgia History

August 15, 1913

Leo Frank Trial Day 17

To view an image of Leo Frank at his trial, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

On the seventeenth day in the trial of Leo Frank, the defense called many more character witnesses, culminating in the testimony of Leo Frank’s mother. Having already expressed her complete confidence in Frank’s innocence, she identified a letter written by Frank to an uncle in New York the afternoon of April 26th, soon after the murder was committed. The letter was written in a precise, neat hand, dealing with various family matters. It did not, the defense claimed, show any signs of a nervous, guilt-ridden man. After the day’s proceedings, the defense said they were prepared to call every female employee of Frank, if necessary, to prove he did nothing improper with them at the factory.