(CRIME) (CAPONE, AL) An archive of manuscript, typescript, and photographic materials from the United States Distict Court Judge James Herbert Wilkerson, who was chiefly responsible for the 1931 rejection of the plea bargain that had been negotiated on behalf of Al Capone and, ultimately, for his long-term sentencing. Wilkerson was reported to have declared: "The parties to a criminal case may not stipulate as to the judgment to be entered... It is time for somebody to impress upon the defendant that it is utterly impossible to bargain with a Federal Court."
This archive includes numerous materials relating to the Capone case, including legal correspondence, letters of congratulations, copies of subsequent legal decisions, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, an issue of Collier's, and manuscript notes in which the legal rationale for the rejection of Capone's final appeal is worked-through.
Also included are materials relating to Wilkerson's professional development, correspondence relating to other legal matters.
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