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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.

Date: 
October 23rd 1920

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 4071: United States vs. Paul Di Giovanni and Joseph Di Giovanni, defendants, summarizing the facts of the trial, including the defendants' pleas of guilty.

Date: 
October 29th 1920

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 8262: United States vs. Joe Bertini, Joe DiGiovanni and Tony Tumminello, defendants. The defendants were charged with possession of unregistered distilling equipment.

Date: 
November 9th 1927

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 8389: United States vs. Joe DiGiovanni, defendant. The defendant was charged with, in Count I, possession of unregistered distilling equipment "; in Count II, operating a distillery, at 516 East 5th Street in Kansas City, "with the intent to defraud the United States of America of the tax on the spirits"; and in Count III, possessing and fermenting "a quantity of mash fit for distillation ... to wit, 2000 gallons," outside of a registered distillery."

Date: 
January 20th 1928

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 8389: United States vs. Joe DiGiovanni, defendant. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendants' arrest on January 7, 1928, the witnesses who appeared, and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner James S. Summers held that Joe DiGiovanni was "probably guilty," ordered a recognizance of $2500.00, and ordered him to appear in the District Court on January 7, 1928.

Date: 
April 10th 1928

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 8550: United States vs. Joe DiGiovanni, defendant. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendant's arrest on November 26, 1927.

Date: 
January 23rd 1928

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 8550: United States vs. Joe DiGiovanni, defendant. DiGiovanni was charged with, in Count I, possessing unregistered distilling equipment, i.e. a 250-gallon whiskey still; in Count II, operating a distillery "with the intent to defraud the United States of America of the tax on the spirits"; in Count III, possessing and fermenting 2000 gallons of mash "for the productive of alcoholic spirits" at a dwelling at 518 East 5th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
April 25th 1928

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.

Date: 
September 18th 1929

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 9384: 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 a fine of $400.00 and to remain in Lafayette County Jail until the fine is paid or until his sentence from Case No. 9207 is served.

Date: 
September 18th 1929

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 9207: United States vs. Sam Pallino and Joseph DiGiovanna, defendants. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendants' arrest on January 18, 1929 and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner James S. Summers held that Pallino and DiGiovanna were "probably guilty," ordered a recognizance of $1000.00, and ordered them to appear in the District Court on February 18, 1929.

Date: 
June 3rd 1929

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 9384: United States vs. Sam Pallino, Frank Mazzuca, and Joe DiGiovanna, defendants. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendants' arrest on March 2, 1929, the witnesses who appeared, and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner George D. Beardsley held that the defendants were "probably guilty," ordered recognizance of $1000.00 and $500.00, and ordered them to appear in the District Court on April 22, 1929.

Date: 
March 6th 1929

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 9207: United States vs. Sam Pallino and Joseph DiGiovanna, defendants. The document states that, per the affidavit of W. Harold Lane, Federal Prohibition Agent, Pallino and DiGiovanna possessed and sold, "for beverage purposes," one quart of whiskey in three counts. The document also reports that the defendants possessed "for beverage purposes" 192 pints and 80 quarters of whiskey.

Date: 
April 19th 1929

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 9129: United States vs. Joe DiGiovanna, defendant.

Date: 
February 15th 1929

Order of probation in Criminal Case #9129, United States vs. Joe DiGiovanna, defendant. The order notes that the defendant entered a plea of guilty to the charge of possessing an unregistered whiskey still and sentences him to two years of probation with a $1,000 bond. Dr. Max Goldman is named as his probation officer.

Date: 
March 18th 1929

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 9761: United States vs. Joe DiGiovanna, defendants. The document reports that DiGiovanna was charged with violating the Prohibition Act, and sentenced to serve sixty days at the Clay County Jail in Liberty, Missouri. DiGiovanna was delivered to the jailer on November 8, 1930.

Date: 
November 6th 1930

Report of trial for Criminal Case No. 9761: United States vs. Joe DiGiovanna, defendant. The document summarizes events of the case, including the defendant's arrest on September 12, 1929 and the attorneys appearing on each side. Commissioner James S. Summers held that Carollo was "probably guilty," ordered a recognizance of $5000.00, and ordered him to appear in the District Court on November 5, 1929.

Date: 
February 14th 1930

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 9761: United States vs. Joe DiGiovanna, defendant. The document states that, per the affidavit of W. Harold Lane, Federal Prohibition Agent, DiGiovanna was in possession onf 22 gallons of whiskey on September 11, 1929.

Date: 
November 13th 1929

Transcript of the application to suspend or revoke the license of Peter and Joseph DiGiovanni, doing business as Midwest Distributing Company, 1109 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri in Case No. 548628: Missouri vs. Peter DiGiovanni and Joseph DiGiovanni. The document includes transcripts of Joseph and Peter testifying before Assistant Attorney General Hugh P. Williamson and includes many details of their liquor distributing activity during and after Prohibition.

Date: 
October 13th 1950

Application of Peter DiGiovanni and Joseph DiGiovanni, to amend answers to questions 6 and 6(a) in the last long form application for a license to operate a wholesale liquor business, dated July 1, 1946 and July 1, 1947. The DiGiovanni brothers assert that they did not know the questions were incomplete and incorrect because they can not read the English language. The application answers these questions by providing an account of their previous convictions of illegal liquor possession during Prohibition.

Date: 
October 12th 1950

Letter from Pastor Salvino Zanon to the court in Case No. 548628: Missouri vs. Peter DiGiovanni and Joseph DiGiovanni. Zanon attests that the two DiGiovanni brothers are charitable and of high moral character. Zanon believes, "they should not be deprived of their business just because of what may have happened many and many years ago, or because of politics, or propaganda."

Date: 
October 12th 1950

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