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The "witch hunt" of Al Capone. A cautionary tale for Trump and his supporters.

Posted by Curt Anderson 
The "witch hunt" of Al Capone. A cautionary tale for Trump and his supporters.
September 28, 2019 02:09AM
Al Capone apparently reveled in attention [sound familiar?], such as the cheers from spectators when he appeared at ball games. He made donations to various charities and was viewed by many as "modern-day Robin Hood". However, the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, in which seven gang rivals were murdered in broad daylight, damaged Chicago's and Capone's image, leading influential citizens to demand government action and newspapers to dub Capone "Public Enemy No. 1".

Capone was widely assumed to have been responsible for ordering the 1929 Saint Valentine's Day Massacre in an attempt to eliminate Bugs Moran, head of the North Side Gang [even though he was safely ensconced in his Miami estate at the time]. Photos of the slain victims shocked the public and damaged Capone's reputation.
  • Within days [of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre], Capone received a summons to testify before a Chicago grand jury on charges of federal Prohibition violations, but he claimed to be too unwell to attend.
  • On March 27, 1929, Capone was arrested by FBI agents as he left a Chicago courtroom after testifying to a grand jury that was investigating violations of federal prohibition laws. He was charged with contempt of court for feigning illness to avoid an earlier appearance.
  • On May 16, 1929, Capone was arrested in Philadelphia, PA for carrying a concealed weapon.
  • On May 17, 1929, Capone was indicted by a grand jury and a trial was held before Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge John E Walsh. Following the entering of a guilty plea by his attorney, Capone was sentenced to a prison term of one year.
  • On August 8, 1929, Capone was transferred to Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary. A week after his release in March 1930, Capone was listed as the number one "Public Enemy" on the unofficial Chicago Crime Commission's widely publicized list.
  • [Finally] in 1931, Capone was charged with income tax evasion...Capone was convicted on October 17, 1931 and was sentenced a week later to 11 years in federal prison, fined $50,000 plus $7,692 for court costs, and was held liable for $215,000 plus interest due on his back taxes.
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