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U.S. vs. Josie Balestrere and Buster Balestrere: Report of Trial

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 13387: United States vs. Josie Balestrere and Buster Balestrere, defendants. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendants' arrest on February 27, 1936, witnesses who appeared, and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner George D. Beardsley held that the Balestreres were "probably guilty," ordered a recognizance of $1,500.00, and ordered them to appear in the District Court on March 2, 1936.

U.S. vs. Josie Balestrere and Buster Balestrere: Indictment

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13387: United States vs. Josie Balestrere and Buster Balestrere, defendants. The defendants were charged in two counts: in Count I, with possession of a 50-gallon capacity whiskey still, and in Count II, with possessing and fermenting 300 gallons of mash for the manufacture outside of a licensed distillery and in a private home at 508 Harrison Street in Kansas City.

U.S. vs. Joseph Piscitta, Russell Piscitta, James Piscitta, et al.: Indictment

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 11784: United States vs. Joseph Piscitta, Russell Piscitta, James Piscitta, George Tippet, Hubert Brown, Udell Harris, Eugene Petko, Emery Petko, Wesley Cole and Theodore Wilson, defendants. The defendants were charged in multiple counts: in Count I, carrying on the business of liquor details without having paid the required tax, and maintaining a common nuisance

U.S. vs. Joseph Piscitta, Russell Piscitta, James Piscitta, et al.: Commitments

Commitments in Criminal Case No. 11784: United States vs. Joseph Piscitta, Russell Piscitta, James Piscitta, George Tippet, Hubert Brown, Udell Harris, Eugene Petko, Emery Petko, Wesley Cole and Theodore Wilson, defendants. James Piscitta was sentenced to one year and one day at the U.S. Industrial Reformatory at Chillicothe, Ohio. Udell Harris entered a plea of guilty to the second count and was sentenced to one month at the Clay County Jail in Liberty, Missouri.

U.S. vs. Joseph Lusco: Information and Affidavit

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 4639: United States vs. Charley Gargotta, defendant. The document states that, per the affidavit of W. E. Dunigan, Federal Prohibition Agent, Joseph Lusco was in possession of "a certain quantity of intoxicating liquor," i.e. one half pint of whiskey, on July 30, 1921, in violation of the National Prohibition Act. Dunigan also supported in his deposition Lusco's additional charges: a second count of selling a half pint of whiskey to Clyde Rayburn, and in a third count, a half pint of whiskey to E. L. Kellerstrass.

U.S. vs. Joseph DiGiovanna: Commitment

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 9207: United States vs. Sam Pallino and Joseph DiGiovanna, defendants. The document reports that Joe DiGiovanna was charged with violating the Prohibition Act, and sentenced to serve four months at the Lafayette County Jail in Lexington, Missouri.

U.S. vs. Joseph Di Giovanni and Paul Di Giovanni: Indictment

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 4071: United States vs. Paul Di Giovanni and Joseph Di Giovanni, defendants. The defendants are charged with manufacturing four thousand gallons of wine, and, in a second count, possession of that wine and an additional four gallons of alcohol, in violation of the National Prohibition Act.

U.S. vs. Johnnie O'Hara: Indictment

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13395: United States vs. Johnnie O'Hara, defendant. O'Hara was charged with in three counts with, in Count I, illegally removing "distilled spirits on which the tax had not been paid" from a distillery; in Count II, concealing untaxed distilled spirits, specifically three gallons of moonshine whiskey, in an alley between Harrison and Campbell Streets; and in Count III, transporting untaxed distilled spirits while not being a "legally established common carrier" in a 1929 Chevrolet Coach.

U.S. vs. Johnnie O'Hara: Commitment

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 13395: United States vs. Johnnie O'Hara, defendant. The document reports that O'Hara was sentenced to serve three months in the Johnson County Jail at Warrensburg, Missouri. O'Hara was delivered to the jailer on May 27, 1936.

U.S. vs. John Thomas: Judgement and Sentence

Judgement and sentencing document in Criminal Case No. 2214: United States vs. James Akers, alias Arthur Louis, JohnThomas, Earl D. Heisler, and Roy C. Brown, defendants, ordering John Thomas be imprisoned for two years at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth and $100 fine and $500 penalty on the 1st count of the indictment, as well as two years for the second and third counts, to be served concurrently with the sentence for the first.

U.S. vs. John T. Little, Alice M. Froeschl, James E. Maxey, et al.: Indictment

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13647: United States vs. John T. Little, Alice M. Foreschl, James E. Maxey, Lena T. Green, Forest C. Holman, Ruth Hogendorn, Joseph Hobdy, and Gilbert Stevens, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 19th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

U.S. vs. John T. Little, Alice M. Froeschl, James E. Maxey, et al.: Commitments

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 13647: United States vs. John T. Little, Alice M. Foreschl, James E. Maxey, Lena T. Green, Forest C. Holman, Ruth Hogendorn, Joseph Hobdy, and Gilbert Stevens, defendants. The document reports that Maxey entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to serve thirty days in jail. Little was convicted by the jury and sentenced to two years at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, and was delivered to the warden on April 30, 1938.