• Creator
  • Whitney, William M.
  • Created Date
  • 1931
  • Description
  • William M. Whitney, an attorney in Seattle, writes to Washington State Senator Wesley Jones to thank him for his support and for his efforts in reinstating Whitney to his position after a bribery trial. Whitney, along with local prohibition officer Roy C. Lyle, were accused by the United States government of accepting bribes from bootleggers during prohibition in exchange for not prosecuting them. Both Lyle and Whitney were exonerated and rein... more
    William M. Whitney, an attorney in Seattle, writes to Washington State Senator Wesley Jones to thank him for his support and for his efforts in reinstating Whitney to his position after a bribery trial. Whitney, along with local prohibition officer Roy C. Lyle, were accused by the United States government of accepting bribes from bootleggers during prohibition in exchange for not prosecuting them. Both Lyle and Whitney were exonerated and reinstated to their roles. Whitney writes that his treatment during this trial "has been a severe blow and has gravely shaken my confidence in the sincerity of those who business it should be to enforce the law." Additionally, Whitney writes that "the great trouble now with enforcement is the pussyfooting and lack of courage shown by those charged with the responsibility of enforcement, particularly among executives.". less
  • Format
  • text
    Letter (correspondence)
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