Otis, Merrill E.

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U.S. vs. Thomas J. Pendergast: From Merrill E. Otis to Daniel M. Lyons

Letter from Judge Merrill E. Otis to Pardon Attorney Daniel M. Lyons concerning Criminal Case No. 14458: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this reply, Judge Otis denies Lyon's request for T. J. Pendergast's release from probation, despite letters of support by James M. Kemper, Howard Cook, J. C. Nichols, E. F. Swinney, Herbert M. Woolf, Chester C. Smith, Burris Jenkins, Thomas McGee, A. Sophian, Father Thomas B. McDonald, and B. C. Adams.

U.S. vs. Thomas J. Pendergast: From Lewis J. Grout to Merrill E. Otis

Letter from Chief U.S. Probation Officer Lewis J. Grout to Judge Merrill E. Otis concerning Criminal Case No. 14458: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this letter, Grout affirms that despite newspaper reports, T. J. Pendergast has not participated in political activities since his release from prison. These actions would be a violation of Pendergast's parole. During this time, Pendergast was accused of directing Harry Truman's political campaign.

U.S. vs. Thomas J. Pendergast: From Daniel M. Lyons to Merrill E. Otis

Letter from Pardon Attorney Daniel M. Lyons to Judge Merrill E. Otis concerning Criminal Case No. 14458: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this letter, Lyons requests Judge Otis's view on the prospect of executive clemency for T. J. Pendergast's remaining parole.

U.S. vs. T. J. Pendergast, R. E. O'Malley, and A. L. McCormack: Affidavit of Bias and Prejudice

Affidavit of bias and prejudice for Criminal Case No. 14937: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Robert Emmet O'Malley, and A. L. McCormack, Defendant. In this affidavit, Pendergast claims that Judge Merrill E. Otis has a personal bias and prejudice against the defendant. Since Otis is also a judge in the cases Pendergast has illegal involvement in, Pendergast claims a personal bias.

U.S. vs. John Lazia: Order for Capias

Order for Capias for Criminal Case No. 12028: United States vs. John Lazia. This document orders a writ for arrest of defendant John Lazia and that his "bond be fixed in the sum of $1,500.00." Lazia was suspected of being affiliated with the Kansas City Mafia and the Pendergast Machine.

U.S. vs. Joe Pasano, Frank Mulloy, Ralph Rosenberg, William A. Cacy, John Lazia, et al.: Order for Destruction of Contraband Property

Order for destruction of contrabad property in Criminal Case No. 10839: United States vs. Joe Pasano, Frank B. Mulloy, Ralph Rosenberg, William A. Cacy, Leopold Schwarz, Lawrence Cipolla, William G. Michael, Roy Barrett, Robert Carnahan, Frank Martin, Noxie Barber, Tudia Pasano, George Galbraith, Lawrence Cardella, Joe Toia, Walter A. Porter, Adolph Sutter, Edward S. Alderson, Joe Kleason, Eugene F. Moore, Jimmie Hicks, Ott Holmes, Jimmie LaCapra, Red Oaks, Walter Skinner, Martin Wiseman, Ray Broom, Max Cohen, James Stiff, Carl A. Wahlin, Grant T. Moffatt, D. L.

U.S. vs. Jimmie DeSimone: Commitment

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 8527: United States vs. Jimmie DeSimone, alias Jimmie Ross, defendant. The document notes that DeSimone was charged with violating the Harrison Narcotic Act, and sentenced to serve one year and one day at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth. DeSimone was delivered to the warden of the penitentiary on November 1, 1928.

U.S. vs. Frank Deluna: Order

Order in Criminal Case No. 8902: United States vs. Frank DeLuna and Ben Danzo, defendants. The document states that Frank Deluna entered a plea of guilty to the charge that he unlawfully transported "intoxicating liquor" in a motor car, and orders that the Peerless Touring Car be forfeited to the goverment "for use in the enforcement of the National Prohibition Act."

U.S. vs. Frank Balestrere: Order

Order in Criminal Case No. 12392: United States vs. Frank Balestrere, defendant. The order, signed by Judge Merrill E. Otis, orders Balestrere's release from the Johnson County Jail on January 6, 1934. Otis cites Balestrere's lack of previous criminal record and letters from doctors attesting to Balestrere's poor health. The order states that upon his release, Balestrere will be subject to two years of probation.

U.S. vs. Ellis Buck, Sam Brenner, Viola Doss, et al.: Memorandum Opinion and Orders

Memorandum opinion and orders dealing with demurrers and motions to squash, pleas in abatement and motions to strike such pleas in abatement in Criminal Cases Nos. 13646, 13648, and 13650. Due to the similarities of the cases, only No. 13646 is addressed in detail. The demurrers and motions to squash argue about what and how voters' rights are violated when counts are switched from the intended candidate to another vs.

U.S. vs. Ellis Buck, Sam Brenner, Viola Doss, et al.: Memorandum

Memorandum from District Judge Merrill E. Otis ruling on affidavits of prejudice filed by defendants in Criminal Case No. 13646, and also addresses case numbers 13648, 13676, 13678, 13682, and 13684. Otis writes that he believes there is "no merit whatever in these affidavits" and rejects he has any prejudice in these cases.

U.S. vs. Edson M. Walker, Loretta McEntee, Chloe G. Albright, et al.: Remarks of the Court Before Imposing Sentences

Remarks of the court before imposing sentences in Criminal Case No. 13648: United States vs. Edson M. Walker, Loretta McEntee, Chloe G. Albright, Elijah Burke, Anna V. O'Laughlin, Tessie Mears, and John L. Drummond, defendants. District Judge Merrill Otis discusses the harm done by election fraud, and states that "there is no pretense that the defendants are not guilty of almost every conceivable ballot box crime." He hopes these convictions convince the public to not be discouraged from voting in the future.