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Sapiro Paid for Violence, Prosecution Alleges in Conspiracy Trial

Homer Nichols, president of the Bonton Wetwash Luandry, testifying yesterday in the racket conspiracy trial declared that Aaron Sapiro, New York attorney, one of the eighteen defendants, rewrote the by-laws of the association in the summer of 1930 providing price fixing penalties and also reducing the wages of the drivers $10.50 weekly if they were members of the union.

He also testified that al a second meeeting the same summer, Sapiro said that the $2,400 laundry truck weekly assessment was turned over to the laudry and daye drivers union for organizing the independent hand laundries.

Nichols declared that Harry Olson and former Chief Justice Edward R. Listinger, who represented the independent laundries, branded the scheme as a conspiracy.

The prosecution contends that the money financed the Capone gang violence and sabotage in the trade.

Elizabeth Schoemaker, press agent, testified that Sapiro criticzed her publicly quoting attorney Morriss Kaplan. Sapiro, in New York, ordedered her never to quote the other lawyer again.

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