Trials of the 1920's

Andres Valencia

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The Chicago Black Sox trial

The Black Sox Scandal took place during the play of the 1919 World Series. The Chicago White Sox lost the series to the Cincinnati Reds, and eight White Sox players were later accused of intentionally losing games in exchange for money from gamblers. Eddie Cicotte, Oscar Felsch, Armold Gandil, Joe Jackson, Fred Mcmullin, Charles Risberg, George Weaver, and Claude Williams were the 8 White Sox players that were banned for life from baseball. This conviction was significant because it showed a corruption in sports that wasn't seen by the public and showed how games were not only fixed then, but how some of them still are today. The theme of this trial was Americanism because we needed to establish a better cooperation between the players and the league.

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Al Capone tax evasion trial

Al Capone was the mastermind behind the St. Valentines massacre of 1929. He was suspected of being behind it but there wasn't enough proof to convict him of it. In order to take him to jail, he would would have to be convicted of another crime. Frank Wilson, a treasury agent found information that helped convict Al Capone of tax evasion after failing to ever pay taxes. Capone was charged with 23 counts of tax evasion. He was found guilty and given a sentence of 11 years. This was so important because although Capone wasn't convicted of the murders, he was still forced to serve time. It was also significant because it showed the consequences of evading taxes. Modernism was the theme because they matched handwriting to tie the smoke shop to al capones corruption.