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VISONTAI, SOMA:

Hungarian lawyer and deputy; born at Gyöngyös Nov. 9, 1854; educated at Budapest, where he became an attorney in 1882. While still a student he attracted much attention by his papers on political economy in the scientific journals of Hungary, and he also edited the "Vasút." He became widely known as a pleader in 1890, when he successfully defended the editor of the "Zasztava," the leader of the radical wing of the Servians in Hungary, in a trial for political murder. As a mark of gratitude, the people of Neusatz, being Servian sympathizers, elected Visontai in 1892 to the Hungarian Parliament as a supporter of Kossuth; and since 1899 he has represented his native town, Gyöngyös, in Parliament. He is an eminent authority on criminal law and a member of the board of examiners for admission to the bar; and he prepared a large portion of the preliminary drafts for the criminal code.

Bibliography:
  • Pallas Lex.;
  • Sturm, Osraggyülési Almanach, 1901-6.
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