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In a victory for Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard, Judge Merrick holds that Gershom M.M. Barber was "prejudiced and not qualified" to arraign Dr. Sam on a first degree murder charge. In turn, Merrick assigns Common Pleas Judge William K. Thomas to preside over the hearing.
Cleveland News, "54/08/13 Merrick Picks Judge Thomas To Preside" (1954). All Articles. 182.