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Commitment in Criminal Case No. 13648: United States vs. United States vs. Edson M. Walker, Loretta McEntee, Chloe G. Albright, Elijah Burke, Anna V. O'Laughlin, Tessie Mears, and John L. Drummond, defendants. The documents report that Walker and Drummond were convicted by the jury and sentenced to two years at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, and were delivered to the warden on April 30, 1938.

Date: 
May 9th 1938

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.

Date: 
February 10th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13768: United States vs. Charles J. Burton, Marie Wimmer, John J. White, Goldie Ricehouse, Earl Lanne, and Beatrice Jackman, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 2nd Precinct of the 11th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
April 24th 1937

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13768: United States vs. Charles J. Burton, Marie Wimmer, John J. White, Goldie Ricehouse, Earl Lanne, and Beatrice Jackman, defendants. Burton entered a plea of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and was sentenced to jail for two months, suspended for two years probation, and a fine of $200. Wimmer entered a plea of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and was sentenced to jail for six months, suspended for two years probation, and a fine of $500.

Date: 
June 1st 1938

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13769: United States vs. Robert C. Porter, Mary D. McComas, Lloyd W. Vinsant, Ruby Brannan, Hazel L. Holmes, Irene E. Vinsant, and George Warren, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 11th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
April 24th 1937

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13769: United States vs. Robert C. Porter, Mary D. McComas, Lloyd W. Vinsant, Ruby Brannan, Hazel L. Holmes, Irene E. Vinsant, and George Warren, defendants. Porter entered a plea of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and was sentenced to jail for three months, suspended for two years probation, and a fine of $200.

Date: 
May 23rd 1938

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13770: United States vs. John P. Lynch, Lillie Current, Jack Cole, Edna Green, Esther Halbert, and Evelyn Parker, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 14th Precinct of the 11th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
April 24th 1937

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13770: United States vs. John P. Lynch, Lillie Current, Jack Cole, Edna Green, Esther Halbert, and Evelyn Parker, defendants. Cole and Lynch entered pleas of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and were sentenced to jail for eight months, suspended for two years probation, and a fine of $1,000. Current entered a plea of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and was sentenced to jail for thirty days, suspended for two years probation, and a fine of $100.

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13838: United States vs. Jennie Sanders, LaVerne Lang, Benjamin F. Bybee, Joe Mahoney, Dan McCarty, John Cosgrove, and Dan Pierce, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 9th Precinct of the 15th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
June 11th 1937

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13838: United States vs. Jennie Sanders, LaVerne Lang, Benjamin F. Bybee, Joe Mahoney, Dan McCarty, John Cosgrove, and Dan Pierce, defendants. Sanders entered a plea of guilty in count two, the United States having entered nolle prosequi count one, and was sentenced to jail for one month and a fine of $25. Lang entered a plea of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and was fined $100.

Date: 
May 4th 1938

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13839: United States vs. Morris Stephens, Earl B. Winans, Grace B. Clark, J. P. Bailey, William J. McMahon, and Leo Gilliam, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 23rd Precinct of the 1st Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
June 11th 1937

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13839: United States vs. Morris Stephens, Earl B. Winans, Grace B. Clark, J. P. Bailey, William J. McMahon, and Leo Gilliam, defendants. Stephens entered a plea of guilty in count two, the United States having entered nolle prosequi count one, and was sentenced to jail for six months and a fine of $250. McMahon and Gilliam entered pleas of guilty in count two, the United States having entered nolle prosequi count one, and were sentenced to the penitentiary for one year and one day and a fine of $1,000.

Date: 
April 15th 1939

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13841: United States vs. Mary Martin, Marion North, Anna G. Holbrook, Georgia Hunter, Rolla C. O'Byrne, and Roy North, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 1st Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
June 11th 1937

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13841: United States vs. Mary Martin, Marion North, Anna G. Holbrook, Georgia Hunter, Rolla C. O'Byrne, and Roy North, defendants. Martin and Holbrook entered pleas of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having entered nolle prosequi count one, and were sentenced to jail for three months, suspended for two years probation, and a fine of $100.

Date: 
April 18th 1938

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13944: United States vs. Matt C. Gill, Janie A. Brown, Ethel G. McLouth, Cora Ellen Owells, Mary I. Diehl, Edwin H. Mengell, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 3rd Precinct of the 16th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
October 26th 1937

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13844: United States vs. Matt C. Gill, Janie A. Brown, Ethel G. McLouth, Cora Ellen Owells, Mary I. Diehl, Edwin H. Mengell, defendants. Gill entered a plea of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary, suspended for three years probation, and a fine of $500.

Date: 
May 19th 1938

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.

Date: 
February 25th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13945: United States vs. Fred A. Bird, Wanda E. Edmiston, William W. Seavy, James B. Redwine, Ethel Ellen Holliday, and Jean Sote, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 1st Precinct of the 11th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
October 26th 1937

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13945: United States vs. Fred A. Bird, Wanda E. Edmiston, William W. Seavy, James B. Redwine, Ethel Ellen Holliday, and Jean Sote, defendants. Bird entered a plea of guilty in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years probation, and a fine of $400. Seavy entered a plea of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and was sentenced to jail for six month, suspended for two years probation, and a fine of $300.

Date: 
May 4th 1938

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13946: United States vs. Bruno Nicoli, Margaret Jewell (formerly McGlothlin), Frank George Fellers, Nina Ruth Fellers, Louise Frances Stroube, and Dorothy Brown, defendants. Nicoli entered a plea of guilty in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and was sentenced to four months in jail and a fine of $250. Jewell and Nina Ruth Fellers entered pleas of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and were sentenced to jail for three month, suspended for two years probation, and a fine of $250.

Date: 
March 28th 1938

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