Law: Ex Parte Snatch

In February 1936 the U. S. Supreme Court upheld the death sentence conviction of a smalltime crook named Gooch for the abduction of two sheriffs from Paris, Tex. to Pushmataha County, Ark. Kidnapper Gooch and a pal did what they did to thwart arrest for a series of robberies. In a scuffle preceding the abduction one of the sheriffs was injured in the leg, thus enabling the jury at Gooch's trial to recommend the death penalty under the Lindbergh Law. Gooch was executed.

Potency of the Lindbergh Law depends on Congress' power to regulate...

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