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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

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

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

Recognizance for appearance in court for Criminal Case No. 14567: 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: 
May 2nd 1939

Judgment and commitment for Criminal Case No. 14567: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. After his plea of guilty, Pendergast is sentenced to a total of one year and three months in a federal penitentiary, followed by five years of probation. Pendergast is also fined $10,000.00. The document then lists the details of the defendant's probation.

Date: 
May 22nd 1939

Memorandum for Criminal Cases No. 14567: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant, and No. 14,459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. In this memorandum, Judge Merrill E. Otis provides insightful, detailed documentation for both cases "for the express purpose of submitting it for publication in the Federal Supplement" as these cases attracted an overwhelming amount of publicity and attracted outrage from machine supporters and from proponents who thought the sentence too lenient.

Date: 
August 19th 1939

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 14742: United States vs. John J. Pryor, Defendant. In this indictment, the defendant is charged with income tax fraud for the calendar years 1934 through 1937. Pryor, co-owner of Boyle-Pryor Construction Company, reported $12,000 in gross income in 1934 while the true figure was $206,487.05. His reported gross income figured to only $403 in income tax due; his actual earnings required him to pay $81,751.08.

Date: 
December 1st 1939

Front page to the February 15, 1939 issue of Justice, a magazine published by the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in Jersey City, New Jersey. Pictured are three undergarment workers employed at the Hoosick Falls (NY) Undergarment Company and a cartoon of Abraham Lincoln.

Date: 
February 15th 1939

A letter from International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) Kansas City Joint Board Manager Wave Tobin to Fred L. Smith of Gayfers Dept. Store, Mobile, Alabama. Tobin urges Smith to inform the Donnelly Garment Company that Gayfers Dept. Store will no longer carry Donnelly garments. Tobin also outlines her grievances with the Donnelly Garment Company and presents her case to Smith.

Date: 
February 6th 1939

A letter from Fred L. Smith of C. J. Gayfer & Company, Inc., Mobile, Alabama to Donnelly Garment Company Vice President Alex Green. Upon receiving literature criticizing the Donnelly Garment Company from the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), Smith requests that Green provides his opinion of the ILGWU's claims.

Date: 
February 13th 1939

In this legal complaint, Paul F. Broderick, Acting Regional Director of the Seventeenth Region of the National Labor Relations Board, details the charges made against the Donnelly Garment Company by the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Broderick lists thirteen points in which the Donnelly Garment Company violates the National Labor Relations Board Rules and Regulations.

Date: 
April 6th 1939

Parole progress report on Robert Strohm, Inmate #53421, which includes a reference from his previous employer, assessments of his mental and physical conditions, and his work and family plans upon his parole. Strohm was sentenced to two years and six months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
February 14th 1939

Prison record on Robert Strohm, Inmate #53421, which includes sentencing duration and dates, notes he was allowed to attend his mother's funeral, and records his parole date of August 18, 1939. Strohm was sentenced to two years and six months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
August 18th 1939

Special progress report for Joseph Maher, Inmate #53422, which records a consideration that he be transferred to the county work farm. Maher was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
January 11th 1939

Letter from Lewis J. Grout, Chief U.S. Probation Officer, to Mr. N. R. Timmons, Chief Parole Officer at the Leavenworth Penitentiary, regarding Joseph Maher, Inmate #53422, discussion verification of Maher's post-parole employment plans. Maher was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
April 27th 1939

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
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