Judge George H. Hutton

Judge Hutton presided over Clarence Darrow's first bribery trial. Hutton was favorably disposed to Darrow and showed it during the trial. His jury instructions were very pro-defense. Significantly, Judge Hutton instructed the jury that the fact that Darrow was at the scene of the attempted Lockwood bribery was circumstantial evidence, and the jury could only rely on it if it was "absolutely incompatible" with any other "reasonable hypothesis." One of the first to congratulate Darrow after he was acquitted was Judge Hutton who said, "Hundreds of thousands of hallelujahs will go up from as many throats when they hear this." Darrow then told the judge he would like to visit him at his home, to which the judge gladly assented.