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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

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

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

Order detailing O'Malley's probation for Criminal Case No. 14459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. In this document, Judge Merrill E. Otis outlines the details of O'Malley's probation followed by a memorandum that clarifies custody and parole conditions of the defendant.

Date: 
February 16th 1940

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 14567: 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 $441,115.33. His reported gross income figured to only $25,481.11 in income tax due; his actual earnings required him to pay $255,608.95.

Date: 
May 2nd 1939

Capias for Thomas J. Pendergast in Criminal Case No. 14567: 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. 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

Order and memorandum touching conditions of probation for Pendergast in Criminal Case No. 14567: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. After restating the defendant's sentence, the document provides twelve detailed conditions for Pendergast's probation, one of which effectively bars him from all political activity.

Date: 
May 24th 1940

Order detailing Pendergast's probation for Criminal Case No. 14567: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this document, Judge Merrill E. Otis clarifies custody and parole conditions of the defendant.

Date: 
May 24th 1940

Motion of defendant, Thomas J. Pendergast, for enlargement of period fixed by conditions of probation within which to pay remaining unpaid interest on tax liabilities in Criminal Case No. 14567: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this document, Pendergast requests that an additional ninety days be given to pay the U.S. $10,457.12, the remaining interest on his tax liabilities.

Date: 
August 26th 1941

Order enlarging period fixed by conditions of probation within which to pay remaining unpaid interest on tax liabilities in Criminal Case No. 14567: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant. In this document, Judge Merrill E. Otis allows Pendergast an additional ninety days be given to pay the U.S. $10,457.12, the remaining interest on his tax liabilities.

Date: 
August 26th 1941

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 14912: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Robert Emmet O'Malley, and A. L. McCormack, Defendant. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with the illegal appropriation of $8,000,000.00 collected from the American Insurance Company and other insurance companies. The time line of this conspiracy is then detailed in "Overt Acts".

Date: 
July 13th 1940

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