THE ROAD TO DICTATORSHIP
Now open wide thanks to Leipzig Verdict
Leipzig. The recent verdict of the Reichsgericht (Imperial Court of Justice), which approved the assumption of authority over the Prussian state government by a Reichskommissar (imperial commissioner), is regarded as one more step toward uniting the entire Reich under a dictatorship. At the least, the judgment has considerably increased the power of the President and the Chancellor. Hindenburgs position is particularly enhanced; regional state governments may no longer oppose him in the future when he chooses to exercise his executive power.
The court denied Prussia's petition that a cease-and-desist order be issued against the Reichskommissar designated by the government of Chancellor von Papen to assume control of the Prussian state administration.
The decision of the imperial court means that the Chancellor can exercise his power in Prussia. It further implies that the President has the sovereign authority to interpret and apply Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution, upon which emergency decrees are based. The ousted Prussian cabinet members will be permitted only to hold seats in the Prussian state parliament and to appoint Prussian representatives to the imperial senate.
The Chancellor appointed Dr. Hans Bracht as the new head of the Prussian government.