Law: Go-between Expelled

When the late Alexander Berg, wealthy St. Louis fur dealer, was kidnapped in November 1931, his abductors forced him to sign a letter appointing one Paul A. Richards, St. Louis criminal lawyer, as go-between. To Lawyer Richards the kidnapped man was forced to send a promissory note for $50,000 to be converted into cash and paid to the abductors after Berg's release. Lawyer Richards went immediately to Berg's attorney, Morris Levinson, demanded $11,000 for his proposed services on behalf of the kidnapped man—$1,000 to be paid immediately, $10,000 when Berg was...

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