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Special Commissioner's Report by Leon P. Embry for Case No. 36717: State of Missouri on the information of Roy McKittrick, Attorney General, Relator, vs. Waller W. Graves, Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, Missouri, Respondent.

Date: 
April 6th 1940

Court Opinion by Commissioner Berryman Henwood for Case No. 30588: State of Missouri, Respondent, vs. Maurice W. Nagle, Appellant. After considering Nagle's appeal, Henwood reverses the initial judgment finding Nagle guilty of killing traffic officer James H. Smith on June 14, 1928 after Messino and six other men stole $19,000 from Home Trust Company at 1117-19 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Henwood discharges Nagle because the commissioner states that there is no evidence that Nagle participated in the murder or robbery.

Date: 
November 15th 1930

Court Opinion by Commissioner James D. Lindsay for Case No. 24023: State of Missouri ex rel. Cameron L. Orr, Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, Missouri, Respondent, vs. Leannah Kearns, Alias Annie Chambers, Appellant.

Date: 
July 31st 1924

Court Opinion by Commissioner James A. Cooley for Case No. 30195: State of Missouri, Respondent, vs. John Messino, Appellant. After considering Messino's appeal, Cooley affirms the initial judgment that Messino is guilty of killing traffic officer James H. Smith on June 14, 1928 after Messino and six other men stole $19,000 from Home Trust Company at 1117-19 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
June 11th 1930

Respondent's Statement, Abstract of the Record and Brief for Case No. 25240: State of Missouri, Respondent, vs. Cyreal Daugherty, Appellant. In this document, the Supreme Court of Missouri finds that Daugherty's guilty verdict is sufficient based on the given evidence. He was charged with ten years of imprisonment for robbing Ray E. Shore of $2,436 on June 24, 1922.

Date: 
1924

Court Opinion by Commissioner Walter N. Davis for Criminal Case No. 30129: State of Missouri vs. Oscar Rowe, Appellant. Kansas City Republican Precinct Captain Oscar Rowe was found guilty of giving corn whiskey to Arch Duncan as part of a larger scheme to deprive Democratic voters from voting in the November 6, 1928 presidential election. Rowe operated an establishment at 602 Main Street, Kansas City, MO that was licensed as a soft drink parlor and cigar store, but was in fact an establishment of gambling, prostitution, and illegal liquor consumption.

Date: 
February 19th 1930

Court Opinion by Commissioner Walter H. Bohling for Criminal Case No. 33947: State of Missouri vs. Walter H. McGee, Appellant. Upon reviewing the assignments of error in McGee's motion for a new trial, Bohling affirms that McGee was guilty of kidnapping Mary McElroy on May 27, 1933 and holding her for ransom. Mary was the daughter of Henry F. McElroy, City Manager of Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
March 30th 1935

Court Opinion by Judge George R. Ellison for Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood, Appellant. Upon reviewing the assignments of error in Gadwood's motion for a new trial, Ellison affirms that Gadwood was guilty of murdering Lee Flacy on March 27, 1934. The alleged murder occurred "during a city election in Kansas City at a restaurant located at 5824 Swope Parkway, two doors from the polling place for the 25th precinct of the 16th ward." Gadwood was the "rabbit" faction ward leader and Flacy was a "goat" faction precinct captain.

Date: 
December 17th 1937

Court Opinion by Judge George R. Ellison for Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti, Appellant. Upon reviewing the assignments of error in Richetti's motion for a new trial, Ellison affirms that Richetti was guilty of murdering Frank Hermanson on June 17, 1933 as part of the Union Station Massacre. Ellison further affirms Richetti's death penalty and orders its administration with lethal gas, at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Date: 
May 3rd 1938

Court Opinion by Judge George R. Ellison for Case No. 35302: State ex rel. County of Jackson, State of Missouri, David E. Long, J.W. Hostetter and Battle McCardle, as judges of the county court of Jackson County, Missouri, and William Hicks, as clerk of the county court of Jackson County, Missouri, petitioners, vs. Honorable Marion D. Waltner, Judge of the circuit court of Jackson County, Missouri, and Clarence B. Reed, respondents. Ellison details respondent Reed's petition for injunction to contest the results of a bond election during the August 1936 primary.

Date: 
December 22nd 1936

Order to Show Cause for Case No. 36717: State of Missouri on the information of Roy McKittrick, Attorney General, Relator, vs. Waller W. Graves, Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, Missouri, Respondent. This document accuses Graves of purposefully neglecting his duties in prosecuting individuals in Jackson County openly engaging in voter fraud, the operation of gambling and prostitution establishments, and the sale of liquor late at night and on Sundays. Missouri Supreme Court Clerk E. F. Elliot orders Graves to come before the court and answer to these allegations.

Date: 
June 6th 1939

Court Opinion by Judge Charles Thomas Hays for Case for Case No. 36717: State of Missouri on the information of Roy McKittrick, Attorney General, Relator, vs. Waller W. Graves, Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, Missouri, Respondent. Hays finds Graves guilty of purposefully neglecting his duties in prosecuting individuals in Jackson County openly engaging in voter fraud, the operation of gambling and prostitution establishments, and the sale of liquor late at night and on Sundays. Hays provides some of the evidence used in making his decision.

Date: 
September 3rd 1940
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