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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.

Date: 
January 9th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13682: United States vs. E. D. Shannabarger, Irene Brennan, Nancy Bodenhammer, Nancy Constable, Everett Pippin, Bessie D. Adams, Charles H. Kaiser, and James McNamara, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 22nd Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
February 13th 1937

Memorandum and orders from District Judge Merrill E. Otis on pleas in abatement, demurrers and motions to quash, and motions to squash petit jury panel in Criminal Cases No. 13682 and 13684. The document states that the reasons for overruling similar pleas in other cases are laid out in Case No. 13646, and then addresses the motion to quash the petit grand jury panel, and in doing so describes the process wherein letters of recommendation for suitable jurors were sought from prominent members of the community, and then those individuals would be randomly selected.

Date: 
April 1st 1937

Jurors' verdict in Criminal Case No. 13682: United States vs. E. D. Shannabarger, Irene Brennan, Nancy Bodenhammer, Nancy Constable, Everett Pippin, Bessie D. Adams, Charles H. Kaiser, and James McNamara, defendants. C. A. Chambers, foreman of the jurors for the case, reports that the jury finds all defendants guilty as charged. Chambers recommends leniency for Nancy Bodenhammer, Nancy Constable, and Bessie D. Adams.

Date: 
April 8th 1937

Verdict in the trial of 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. Walker and Drummond were found guilty in the second count of the indictment. McEntee, Burke, and O'Laughlin received no verdict.

Date: 
February 19th 1937

Court's ruling on motions for new trial, and sentences in Criminal Case No. 13682: United States vs. E. D. Shannabarger, Irene Brennan, Nancy Bodenhammer, Nancy Constable, Everett Pippin, Bessie D. Adams, Charles H. Kaiser, and James McNamara, defendants. Defendants appeared for sentencing beginning on April 16, 1937, and the court rejected Shannabarger's attorneys motion for a new trial.

Date: 
April 16th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13683: United States vs. J. R. Hennessey, Sam Gougher, Lula Overly, Charles O. Jackson, Viola Turner, and Jack Turner, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 24nd Precinct of the 9th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
February 13th 1937

Judgments and commitment in Criminal Case No. 13683: United States vs. J. R. Hennessey, Sam Goucher, Lula Overly, Charles O. Jackson, Viola Turner, and Jack Turner, defendants. The documents report that Hennessey, Overly, Jackson, and Viola Turner entered a plea of nolo contendere and was sentenced to two months in jail, then suspended for two years probation, and a $250 fine. Goucher entered a plea of nolo contendere and was sentenced to three months in jail, then suspended for two years probation, and a $250 fine.

Date: 
May 23rd 1938

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13684: United States vs. Charles Cartello, Robert McKinney, John Brown (alias Dan D. Brown), Edward C. Duncan, and Edward J. Schmidt, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 8th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
February 13th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13738: United States vs. W. C. Murphy, John L. Gordon, Senna Twist, Alice Tweedy, Ada Bennett, and Ernest N. Orr, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 10th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

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March 20th 1937

Judgments and commitment in Criminal Case No. 13738: United States vs. W. C. Murphy, John L. Gordon, Senna Twist, Alice Tweedy, Ada Bennett, and Ernest N. Orr, defendants. The documents report that Murphy entered a plea of nolo contendere and was sentenced to six months in jail, then suspended for two years probation, and a $1000 fine. Gordon, Senna and Bennett entered a plea of nolo contendere and were sentenced to two years probation. Tweedy entered a plea of nolo contendere and was sentenced to two months in jail, then suspected for two years probation, and a $250 fine.

Date: 
June 1st 1938

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13739: United States vs. George Arnold, Gene Riley, Irene Irvin, Robert Strohm, and Thomas Audley, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 7th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
March 20th 1937

Judgments and sentence in Criminal Case No. 13739: United States vs. George Arnold, Gene Riley, Irene Irvin, Robert Strohm, and Thomas Audley, defendants. A motion for new trial was overruled. The documents also reports that Arnold entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, suspected for two years of probation, and a fine of $100 for each of two counts. Riley, Irvin, Strohm, and Audley were tried by a jury and found guilty. Riley was sentenced to two years at the U.S.

Date: 
June 2nd 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13740: United States vs. P. H. Slattery, M. J. Donahue, J. C. Brossman, and James Regan, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 21th Precinct of the 5th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
March 20th 1937

Judgments and orders of probation and commitment in Criminal Case No. 13740: United States vs. P. H. Slattery, M. J. Donahue, J. C. Brossman, and James Regan, defendants. Slattery entered a plea of nolo contendere and was placed on probation for five years. Donahue and Brossman entered a plea of nolo contendere and was sentenced to four months in jail, suspected for two years probation, and a fine of $250. Regan entered a plea of guilty to the second count, the United States having dmissed count one, and was sentenced to three months in jail and a fee of $1,500.

Date: 
May 31st 1938

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13754: United States vs. Ellis Buck, Sam Brenner, Viola Doss, Louise Davis, Ruth Tucker, Frances M. Eaton, Ernest Williams, Herman Supofsky, Elva O'Byrne, and Frances B. Ryan, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 15th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Judgments and commitment in Criminal Case No. 13754: United States vs. Ellis Buck, Sam Brenner, Viola Doss, Louise Davis, Ruth Tucker, Frances M. Eaton, Ernest Williams, Herman Supofsky, Elva O'Byrne, and Frances B. Ryan, defendants. The documents report that Buck and Tucker were found guilty of the second count, the first having been entered nolle prosequi, and were sentenced to one month in jail and a fine of $100.

Date: 
March 10th 1938

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13767: United States vs. Louis Depasco, Zula Brennar, Florence Klaasen, Mayme Hogerty, and Rose Brown, 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 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
April 24th 1937

Judgments and orders of probation and commitment in Criminal Case No. 13767: United States vs. Louis Depasco, Zula Brennar, Florence Klaasen, Mayme Hogerty, and Rose Brown, defendants. Depasco entered a plea of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and was placed on probation for one year. Brennar and Brown entered a plea of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and were sentenced to two months in jail, suspended for two years probation, and a fine of $100.

Date: 
May 23rd 1938

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.

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