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Recognizances for appearance in court 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. These documents completed by the defendants attest that they will appear before the court to defend the charges imposed upon them.

Date: 
April 18th 1938

Judgment and commitment of Russell Lee Thompson in 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. Thompson was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $300.00.

Date: 
May 4th 1938

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 14114: United States vs. Joe Lawless, Chester J. McKaughan, Gilbert Hunt, Leo Felix Lippert, Rossen Lowe, alias Ross L. Lowe, Leota Forest Bell, Anna Ruble, Mary Ernest, and Martha J. Baldwin, 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 4th Precinct of the 12th Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
April 15th 1938

Judgment and commitments for Criminal Case No. 14114: United States vs. Joe Lawless, Chester J. McKaughan, Gilbert Hunt, Leo Felix Lippert, Rossen Lowe, alias Ross L. Lowe, Leota Forest Bell, Anna Ruble, Mary Ernest, and Martha J. Baldwin, Defendants. The defendants were sentenced from six months to one year in prison and/or fined from $25.00 to $300.00. The imprisonment sentences of Hunt, Lowe, and Baldwin were immediately suspended and they were put on two years probation.

Date: 
May 4th 1938

Order modifying sentence of Chester J. McKaughan for Criminal Case No. 14114: United States vs. Joe Lawless, Chester J. McKaughan, Gilbert Hunt, Leo Felix Lippert, Rossen Lowe, alias Ross L. Lowe, Leota Forest Bell, Anna Ruble, Mary Ernest, and Martha J. Baldwin, Defendants. In this document, Judge Merrill E. Otis orders that the sentence of McKaughan be modified from one year and one day in prison to eight months with a $100.00 fine.

Date: 
May 12th 1938

Letters in support of Chester J. McKaughan's early release in Criminal Case No. 14114: United States vs. Joe Lawless, Chester J. McKaughan, Gilbert Hunt, Leo Felix Lippert, Rossen Lowe, alias Ross L. Lowe, Leota Forest Bell, Anna Ruble, Mary Ernest, and Martha J. Baldwin, Defendants. These ten letters were written by friends and family of McKaughan requesting that he be released from prison early. They attest that his mother is an invalid and needs his help.

Date: 
September 28th 1938

Order modifying sentence of Chester J. McKaughan for Criminal Case No. 14114: United States vs. Joe Lawless, Chester J. McKaughan, Gilbert Hunt, Leo Felix Lippert, Rossen Lowe, alias Ross L. Lowe, Leota Forest Bell, Anna Ruble, Mary Ernest, and Martha J. Baldwin, Defendants. In this document, Judge Merrill E. Otis heeds the request of McKaughan's friends and family and orders that his prison sentence be further reduced from eight to six months.

Date: 
October 12th 1938

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 14458: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this indictment, the defendant is charged with income tax fraud for the calendar years 1935 and 1936. Pendergast reported $117,378.41 in gross income in 1936 while the true figure was $356,365.33. His reported gross income figured to only $25,481.11 in income tax due; his actual earnings required him to pay $195,682.15.

Date: 
April 7th 1939

Order for capias and bond in Criminal Case No. 14458: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this document, Judge Merrill E. Otis orders the arrest of Thomas J. Pendergast for income tax fraud. His bond for appearance is $10,000.

Date: 
April 7th 1939

Capias for Thomas J. Pendergast in Criminal Case No. 14458: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. This capias commands H. L. Dillingham, U.S. Marshal, to arrest Thomas J. Pendergast for income tax fraud. His bond for appearance is $10,000.

Date: 
May 9th 1939

Recognizance for appearance in court for Criminal Case No. 14458: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this document, Thomas J. Pendergast asserts that he will appear before court on May 7, 1936 to answer for charges of income tax fraud.

Date: 
April 7th 1939

Letter from Chief U.S. Probation Officer Lewis J. Grout to Judge Merrill E. Otis concerning Criminal Case No. 14458: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this letter, Grout affirms that despite newspaper reports, T. J. Pendergast has not participated in political activities since his release from prison. These actions would be a violation of Pendergast's parole. During this time, Pendergast was accused of directing Harry Truman's political campaign.

Date: 
July 17th 1940

Letter from Pardon Attorney Daniel M. Lyons to Judge Merrill E. Otis concerning Criminal Case No. 14458: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this letter, Lyons requests Judge Otis's view on the prospect of executive clemency for T. J. Pendergast's remaining parole.

Date: 
August 10th 1943

Letter from Judge Merrill E. Otis to Pardon Attorney Daniel M. Lyons concerning Criminal Case No. 14458: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this reply, Judge Otis denies Lyon's request for T. J. Pendergast's release from probation, despite letters of support by James M. Kemper, Howard Cook, J. C. Nichols, E. F. Swinney, Herbert M. Woolf, Chester C. Smith, Burris Jenkins, Thomas McGee, A. Sophian, Father Thomas B. McDonald, and B. C. Adams.

Date: 
August 13th 1943

Order for Criminal Case No. 14458: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this document, Judge Merrill E. Otis orders a copy of the letter from Daniel M. Lyons to Otis and Otis's reply to be filed with the aforementioned case.

Date: 
August 13th 1943

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 14459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. In this indictment, the defendant is charged with income tax fraud for the calendar years 1935 and 1936. In the first of two counts in this indictment, O'Malley is charged with failing to report $22,500.00 in income "recieved in connection with the compromise and settlement of the Missouri Fire Insurance Rate litigation." As a result, O'Malley failed to pay $2,004.00 in income tax due for the 1935 calendar year.

Date: 
April 7th 1939

Motion for bill of particulars for Criminal Case No. 14459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. In this document, attorneys for O'Malley pray the court to furnish details as to "when, where, from whom, in what form and for what consideration defendant is alleged to have received" income from the Missouri Fire Insurance Rate Litigation. They request this information so that they may more adequately prepare a defense for the defendant.

Date: 
May 9th 1939

Judgement and commitment for Criminal Case No. 14459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. After his plea of guilty, O'Malley is sentenced to a total of one year and one day in a federal penitentiary, followed by three years of probation. O'Malley is also fined $5000.00. The document then lists the details of the defendant's probation.

Date: 
May 27th 1939

Receipt of fine payment for Criminal Case No. 14459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. In this document, Clerk A. L. Arnold certifies that the District Court of the United States for the Western District of Missouri has received O'Malley's fine of $5000.00.

Date: 
May 29th 1939

Considerations for the decision of sentence for Criminal Case No. 14459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. In this document, Judge Merrill E. Otis reviews the sentence that he imposed upon T. J. Pendergast in Criminal Case No. 14458, so that Otis may more accurately sentence Robert Emmet O'Malley in the present case.

Date: 
May 1939

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.