The People of the State of New York v. Elise Hoffman

Case ID:
1360
Charges:
Abortion
Defendant(s) name(s):
Elise Hoffman
Crime date:
Wednesday, March 8, 1911
Hearing date:
Tuesday, April 25, 1911
Judge:
Thomas C.T. Crain
Prosecuting attorney(s):
T. Channon Press
Defense attorney(s):
Abraham LevyMurray M SimonMax Steinert
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Abstract:
Elise Hoffman is indicted for the crime of abortion. Sarah Mosby, 25, a cook, testifies that, after first seeing a physician and taking pills for her condition, she traveled to New York to see Elise Hoffman at her home on West 53rd Street where the defendant, Hoffman, injected an unknown substance into her womb. Mosby experienced severe pain the next day and, after admittance to Bellevue Hospital, had a miscarriage on 25 February 1911. Kenneth Buell, an attending physician at Bellevue, testifies that he could not determine if the miscarriage had been artificially induced. Ernest Bishop, resident physician, testifies that the miscarriage did occur on account of an artificial interference. There is no record of a verdict.
Crime location:
Manhattan, New York