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Remarks of the court on Thursday, February 25, 1937, before imposing sentences for Criminal Case No. 13650: United States vs. Callie Clark, Lorne E. Wells, Frank H. Adams, Joe R. Wells, Jr., Pearl Sperry, John A. Luteran, and Leo B. Roach, Defendants. This document states that there is no question of the defendants guilt; "The only reliance of defendants is the hope... that perhaps the exact and precise conspiracy charged in the indictment is not amony the several of which unquestionably they are guilty." The document also remarks on civic ethics in elections.

Date: 
February 25th 1937

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 13676: United States vs. Samuel J. Clark, Marie Ogden, Myrtle E. Middleton, Joseph Maher, Herbert Campbell, and Don Depasco, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 28th Precinct of 12th Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

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January 29th 1937

Judgement and sentence for Criminal Case No. 13676: United States vs. Samuel J. Clark, Marie Ogden, Myrtle E. Middleton, Joseph Maher, Herbert Campbell, and Don Depasco, Defendants. The document states that Ogden, Middleton, Maher, Campbell, and Depasco were found guilty and that Clark had pleaded nolo contendere ("no contest").

Date: 
June 29th 1937

Memorandum on motion for new trial for Criminal Case No. 13676: United States vs. Samuel J. Clark, Marie Ogden, Myrtle E. Middleton, Joseph Maher, Herbert Campbell, and Don Depasco, Defendants. The document provides an intriguing and detailed account of the voting fraud that occurred in the 28th Precinct of the 12th Ward of Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri on November 3, 1936. Joseph Maher, known to be the 28th Precinct captain for the Pendergast Machine, claims that "In what I did I had no intention of defrauding any specific person".

Date: 
June 29th 1937

Order for resentencing for Criminal Case No. 13676: United States vs. Samuel J. Clark, Marie Ogden, Myrtle E. Middleton, Joseph Maher, Herbert Campbell, and Don Depasco, Defendants, and related cases. Judge Merrill E. Otis orders the sentences of defendants mentioned therein to be set aside and resentenced so that the fines imposed be paid to the court clerk on July 18, 1938.

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July 18th 1938

Judgment and commitments for Marie Ogden, Joseph Maher, and Don Depasco in Criminal Case No. 13676: United States vs. Samuel J. Clark, Marie Ogden, Myrtle E. Middleton, Joseph Maher, Herbert Campbell, and Don Depasco, Defendants, and related cases. Ogden and Maher were sentenced for two years and fined $500.00; Depasco was sentenced for 18 months and fined $500.00.

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July 18th 1938

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 13677: United States vs. James Callahan, Frank Geier, May Bartlett, Geneva Vielbig, Maude Hancher, Frank Gumminger, James Carter, and Mike Cummings, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 18th Precinct of the 3rd Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

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January 29th 1937

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 13677: United States vs. James Callahan, Frank Geier, May Bartlett, Geneva Vielbig, Maude Hancher, Frank Gumminger, James Carter, and Mike Cummings, Defendants. The document states that Callahan, Geier, Gumminger, Carter, and Cummings were found guilty and that Bartlett, Vielbig, and Hancher had pleaded nolo contendere ("no contest").

Date: 
June 29th 1937

Judgment and commitments for selected defendants in Criminal Case No. 13677: United States vs. James Callahan, Frank Geier, May Bartlett, Geneva Vielbig, Maude Hancher, Frank Gumminger, James Carter, and Mike Cummings, Defendants. Each of the selected defendants were sentenced six to eight months in jail and fined $1000.00.

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December 2nd 1938

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 13755: United States vs. Weeden Henderson, Glenn Barnard, Count B. Weeks, Amy Freund, Adeline B. Levy, Maude Sprink, and Frank P. Dixon, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 9th Precinct of the 12th Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
April 1st 1937

Judgement and commitment/orders for the defendants in Criminal Case No. 13755: United States vs. Weeden Henderson, Glenn Barnard, Count B. Weeks, Amy Freund, Adeline B. Levy, Maude Sprink, and Frank P. Dixon, Defendants. Henderson, Barnard, Freund, Dixon were sentenced from six months to four years in jail and fined $100.00. Weeks, Levy, Sprink were given two years probation.

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February 2nd 1938

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 13756: United States vs. Henry T. Johnston, Vernie McCollum, Bertha Patterson, Florence Buchanan, Edward Hogendorn, I. Vaughn Buchanan, and Harry O. Mittong, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 23rd Precinct of the 12th Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
April 1st 1937

Judgement and commitment/orders for the defendants in Criminal Case No. 13756: United States vs. Henry T. Johnston, Vernie McCollum, Bertha Patterson, Florence Buchanan, Edward Hogendorn, I. Vaughn Buchanan, and Harry O. Mittong, Defendants. Johnston, F. Buchanan, I. Buchanan, and Mittong were sentenced from three to seven months in jail and fined from $250.00 to $1,000.00. McCollum, Patterson, and Hogendorn were given two years probation.

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May 23rd 1938

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 14110: United States vs. John Francis Harnett, Thomas J. Maloney, Fred Foster, Kennedy, Rose Probst, John August Maddy, William M. Johnston, Louis William Le Grand, Margaret May Bergman, Linna Johnston, Ollie Ratcliff, and Mildred Teale, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 20th Precinct of the 12th Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
April 15th 1938

Judgement and commitments for Criminal Case No. 14110: United States vs. John Francis Harnett, Thomas J. Maloney, Fred Foster, Kennedy, Rose Probst, John August Maddy, William M. Johnston, Louis William Le Grand, Margaret May Bergman, Linna Johnston, Ollie Ratcliff, and Mildred Teale, Defendants. The defendants were sentenced from five weeks to one year in prison and/or fined from $100.00 to $300.00.

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May 4th 1938

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 14111: United States vs. Harley Sampson, William Thomas Murphy, Charles McCormick, Margaret Sinsabaugh, Alice Reta Fisher, Mary Doe, alias Carrie Cole, Ola Colley, and William F. Murphy, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 6th Precinct of the 12th Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
April 15th 1938

Judgment and commitments for Criminal Case No. 14111: United States vs. Harley Sampson, William Thomas Murphy, Charles McCormick, Margaret Sinsabaugh, Alice Reta Fisher, Mary Doe, alias Carrie Cole, Ola Colley, and William F. Murphy, Defendants. The defendants were sentenced from three months to one year in prison and/or fined from $25.00 to $2,000.00.

Date: 
May 4th 1938

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 14112: United States vs. William Patrick McCormick, Homer Lee Nave, Harry Lee Myers, Viola Edna Tiffany, Wanda Eleanor Fitzpatrick, Silas Frank Christian, Otis Grace Whitsett, and Helen Brown, alias Helen Woods, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 27th Precinct of the 12th Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
April 15th 1938

Judgment and commitments for Criminal Case No. 14112: United States vs. William Patrick McCormick, Homer Lee Nave, Harry Lee Myers, Viola Edna Tiffany, Wanda Eleanor Fitzpatrick, Silas Frank Christian, Otis Grace Whitsett, and Helen Brown, alias Helen Woods, Defendants. The defendants were sentenced with three months in prison and/or fined from $100.00 to $200.00. The imprisonment sentence of Myers, Tiffany, Christian, Whitsett, and Brown was immediately suspended and they were put on two years probation.

Date: 
May 4th 1938

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 14113: United States vs. Russell Lee Thompson, James G. Gildea, Arthur Carl Perry, William Irwin, alias Bill Irwin, Norman John Nyhuse, alias Norman Nyhus, Clarissa Cox, Ethel Thompson, and Nana May Hunter, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 24th Precinct of the 12th Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
April 15th 1938

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