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Al Capone indicted for last time....



Item # 574333

June 6, 1931

ALLENTOWN MORNING CALL, Allentown, Pennsylvania, June 6, 1931

* Al Capone indicted in income tax fraud
* The beginning of the end


This 26 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page: "Capone Posts Bond Income Tax Contest" and "Chicago Gangster Surrenders on Federal Warrant as Government Seeks Tax"

This would ultimately be what ended Al Capone's reign as mob leader in Chicago.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Light browning, minor margin wear, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes: In 1929, Bureau of Prohibition agent Eliot Ness began an investigation of Capone and his business, attempting to get a conviction for Prohibition violations. However, it was Frank J. Wilson who conducted the investigation into Capone's income tax violations that the government decided was more likely to end in a conviction. Al Capone's cell at the Eastern State Penitentiary

In 1931 Capone was indicted for income tax evasion and various violations of the Volstead Act. Facing overwhelming evidence, his attorneys made a plea deal, but the presiding judge warned he might not follow the sentencing recommendation from the prosecution, so Capone withdrew his plea of guilty. Attempting to bribe and intimidate the potential jurors, his plan was discovered by Ness's men. The venire (jury pool) was then switched with one from another case, and Capone was stymied. Following a long trial, he was found guilty on some income tax evasion counts (the Volstead Act violations were dropped). The judge gave him an eleven-year sentence along with heavy fines, and liens were filed against his various properties. His appeal was denied.

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