MISSOURI: Machine Busting

"Defendants do not believe the Judge should have manifested in his charge the detestation of this particular type of crime. He should have denounced piracy in the South Seas but not election thievery in Missouri. He should have exhibited indifference. He should have been lukewarm in his charge. He should have softpedaled the matter. He should have said: " 'Gentlemen of the grand jury: everybody's doing it; let it pass.' " So said Federal Judge Merrill E. Otis last week in Kansas City. He also overruled demurrers to a set of indictments...

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