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17-10-1931

Bootlegger racketeer Al Capone gets 11 years for tax evasion

This day was the culmination of possibly the most famous legal ruse to imprison the most infamous US criminal. From the start, behind the scene deals were scuppered, the whole jury was replaced to avoid intimidation, and the populist image that Al Capone had propagated was demolished. By the end, despite it being a complex financial fraud trial, it took the jury just nine hours to return the guilty verdict... Read the full Al Capone Crime File