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Court's ruling on motions for new trial, and sentences in Criminal Case No. 13682: United States vs. E. D. Shannabarger, Irene Brennan, Nancy Bodenhammer, Nancy Constable, Everett Pippin, Bessie D. Adams, Charles H. Kaiser, and James McNamara, defendants. Defendants appeared for sentencing beginning on April 16, 1937, and the court rejected Shannabarger's attorneys motion for a new trial.

Date: 
April 16th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13683: United States vs. J. R. Hennessey, Sam Gougher, Lula Overly, Charles O. Jackson, Viola Turner, and Jack Turner, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 24nd Precinct of the 9th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
February 13th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13684: United States vs. Charles Cartello, Robert McKinney, John Brown (alias Dan D. Brown), Edward C. Duncan, and Edward J. Schmidt, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 8th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
February 13th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13738: United States vs. W. C. Murphy, John L. Gordon, Senna Twist, Alice Tweedy, Ada Bennett, and Ernest N. Orr, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 10th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
March 20th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13739: United States vs. George Arnold, Gene Riley, Irene Irvin, Robert Strohm, and Thomas Audley, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 7th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
March 20th 1937

Judgments and sentence in Criminal Case No. 13739: United States vs. George Arnold, Gene Riley, Irene Irvin, Robert Strohm, and Thomas Audley, defendants. A motion for new trial was overruled. The documents also reports that Arnold entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, suspected for two years of probation, and a fine of $100 for each of two counts. Riley, Irvin, Strohm, and Audley were tried by a jury and found guilty. Riley was sentenced to two years at the U.S.

Date: 
June 2nd 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13740: United States vs. P. H. Slattery, M. J. Donahue, J. C. Brossman, and James Regan, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 21th Precinct of the 5th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
March 20th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13767: United States vs. Louis Depasco, Zula Brennar, Florence Klaasen, Mayme Hogerty, and Rose Brown, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 3rd Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
April 24th 1937

Memorandum opinion and orders dealing with demurrers and motions to squash, pleas in abatement and motions to strike such pleas in abatement in Criminal Cases Nos. 13646, 13648, and 13650. Due to the similarities of the cases, only No. 13646 is addressed in detail. The demurrers and motions to squash argue about what and how voters' rights are violated when counts are switched from the intended candidate to another vs.

Date: 
February 10th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13768: United States vs. Charles J. Burton, Marie Wimmer, John J. White, Goldie Ricehouse, Earl Lanne, and Beatrice Jackman, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 2nd Precinct of the 11th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
April 24th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13769: United States vs. Robert C. Porter, Mary D. McComas, Lloyd W. Vinsant, Ruby Brannan, Hazel L. Holmes, Irene E. Vinsant, and George Warren, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 11th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
April 24th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13770: United States vs. John P. Lynch, Lillie Current, Jack Cole, Edna Green, Esther Halbert, and Evelyn Parker, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 14th Precinct of the 11th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
April 24th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13838: United States vs. Jennie Sanders, LaVerne Lang, Benjamin F. Bybee, Joe Mahoney, Dan McCarty, John Cosgrove, and Dan Pierce, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 9th Precinct of the 15th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
June 11th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13839: United States vs. Morris Stephens, Earl B. Winans, Grace B. Clark, J. P. Bailey, William J. McMahon, and Leo Gilliam, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 23rd Precinct of the 1st Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
June 11th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13840: United States vs. Mary Goldstein, Dennis Sheedy, Harry Goldberg, Dick Burus, William D. Gorman, and Harry Rosenberg, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 15th Precinct of the 1st Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
June 11th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13841: United States vs. Mary Martin, Marion North, Anna G. Holbrook, Georgia Hunter, Rolla C. O'Byrne, and Roy North, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 1st Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
June 11th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13944: United States vs. Matt C. Gill, Janie A. Brown, Ethel G. McLouth, Cora Ellen Owells, Mary I. Diehl, Edwin H. Mengell, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 3rd Precinct of the 16th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
October 26th 1937

Remarks of the court before imposing sentences in Criminal Case No. 13648: United States vs. Edson M. Walker, Loretta McEntee, Chloe G. Albright, Elijah Burke, Anna V. O'Laughlin, Tessie Mears, and John L. Drummond, defendants. District Judge Merrill Otis discusses the harm done by election fraud, and states that "there is no pretense that the defendants are not guilty of almost every conceivable ballot box crime." He hopes these convictions convince the public to not be discouraged from voting in the future.

Date: 
February 25th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13945: United States vs. Fred A. Bird, Wanda E. Edmiston, William W. Seavy, James B. Redwine, Ethel Ellen Holliday, and Jean Sote, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 1st Precinct of the 11th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
October 26th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13946: United States vs. Bruno Nicoli, Margaret Jewell (formerly McGlothlin), Frank George Fellers, Nina Ruth Fellers, Louise Frances Stroube, and Dorothy Brown, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 9th Precinct of the 10th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
October 26th 1937

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