Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the first called session of the thirtieth legislature of Texas: together with the proclamation of the Governor convening the legislature in extra-ordinary session. Page: 4 of 8
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in civil trials. The motive is manifest. The man without
means can not litigate with them under the present system without
.great inconvenience and often impoverishment. Against all of these
propositions were arrayed throughout the Regular Session a bold,
adroit, defiant and resourceful corporate lobby. With this lobby you
have been patient and often too indulgent. In fairness and justice
.to all and to the end that no unjust law be passed, representatives of
every interest have leen heard and persons to be affected, and legitimate
representatives of such interests should have been heard, and now
.that the time has come for making up your verdict and for your answer
.back to the people on those important measures, I earnestly urge a
rigid observance of the law of your own making, though not yet in
force, and a willing compliance with the spirit of the anti-lobby law
enacted at the Regular Session. The hired lobbyist should have no
place in shaping the destiny of Texas. These agents of selfish interests
should not longer delay needed legislation. Their methods vex
.and often perplex the faithful legislator and lead to the discouragement
and disappointment of the people.
Referring to the demand that telephone and telegraph companies be
required to transmit each other's messages and make necessary connections
therefor, I deem it unnecessary to again enter upon a discussion
of the matter. I respectfully invite your attention to the suggestions
on this subject which are contained in my first message to the
Upon the subject of simplifying the procedure in both civil and
criminal trials and also upon the needed reforms in our jury system, I
again call your attention to the importance of these reforms, both to
the counties and State, and to the people who bear the burden of a
system almost bewildering in its meshwork of technical absurdities.
I can not too strongly urge upon this Legislature the necessity for
the reforms demanded. I here reiterate the suggestions submitted
in my message to your honorable body when in Regular Session. At
that time I took occasion to say upon this subject that "the present
complex and cumbersome procedure is a shield to the criminal, defeats
justice, increases the number of our courts and adds unnecessary burdens
upon the taxpayer. Perplexing technicalities encourage crime,
employ the time of the courts to no useful end, and the people pay
the costs. A rigid enforcement of all the laws is essential to the
social well-being and demanded as the only safe guarantee of life,
liberty and property. All laws can be enforced and should be enforced
fearlessly, impartially and without respect to locality or persons. To
longer tolerate a system of technical obstacles behind which murderers
and rogues may barricade themselves and defy the laws would be a
reflection upon the wisdom if not the sincerity of our statesmanship.
To say that crime can run rampant in Texas and that our laws can
not be enforced, is to admit that we are incapable of self-government.
That our law-abiding citizenship is growing impatient and restless at
the law's delay and the uncertainty of punishment for crime can not be
denied. That there is just grounds for such discontent must be conceded.
There is too much machinery in our criminal trials, too much literature
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Campbell, Thomas Mitchell. Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the first called session of the thirtieth legislature of Texas: together with the proclamation of the Governor convening the legislature in extra-ordinary session., book, April 17, 1907; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5860/m1/4/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .