NEW YORK: Political Juice

When foxy young Lawyer Thomas Edmund Dewey was appointed New York's special rackets prosecutor three years ago, he announced that his investigation would not be just another roundup of criminal small fry. He wanted to get "the real bosses." Prosecutor Dewey jailed some small racketeers, some big ones, notably Charles ("Lucky") Luciano, swart Sicilian kingpin of Manhattan's prostitute trust. Elected District Attorney by grateful New Yorkers last year, Mr. Dewey has since been nosing into the hierarchy of Harlem's numbers games (lotteries), a one-time $100,000,000-a-year racket ruled by the late No....

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