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Jury Acquits 9, Disagrees on 5 in Brooklyn Sedition Trial

June 25, 1940
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After six days of deliberation, the jury in the Brooklyn Federal Court trial of 14 men on charges of seditious conspiracy and theft of Government property today acquitted 9 and reported disagreement on the remaining 5 defendants.

The verdict created a sensation in the courtroom, where, despite Judge Marcus B. Campbell’s warning against demonstrations, the relatives of the defendants crowding the room broke into excited and elated murmuring.

Those acquitted on both counts are: John F. Cassidy, Michael Vill, Alfred J. Quinlan (the sedition count in his case had been dismissed earlier), Andrew Buckley, Michael Joseph Bierne, Frank Michael Malone, John A. Graf, John Franklin Cook and Leroy Keegan.

The other verdicts were: William Gerald Bishop, disagreement both counts; John Albert Viebrock, disagreement both counts; Macklin Boettger, disagreement both counts; William H. Bushnell Jr., disagreement on sedition count and acquittal on theft; Captain John T. Prout Jr., acquittal on sedition count and disagreement on theft.

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