Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Report on Convicted Prisoner by United States Attorney

Description

U.S. Attorney's report on Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, which records Higgins' defense attorneys, summarizes the charges, and notes the sentence imposed. The report records as aggravating circumstances obstruction of justice, suborning perjury, and evidence of income tax violation in other years, though "proof only goes back to 1927." Judge Merrill Otis and U.S. Attorney Maurice M. Milligan both recommend against parole. Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Date Created
1939-06-20
Modern Location
Kansas City, MO
Collection Title, Call or Box Number
NARA ID 580698, Notorious Offenders Files, 1919-1975
Rights Statement

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Digital Object Identifier
NARACP-580698-0004-0007