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Hines, James J. Newspaper Clippings from the Trials, 1938-1940: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS4380869
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hines, James J., 1876-1957
Title: James J. Hines Newspaper Clippings from the Trials
Date(s): 1938-1940.
Quantity: 6 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The newspaper articles that make up this collection relate to the case of The People of the State of New York v. James J. Hines, a New York City Tammany Hall politician charged with running a lottery and aiding the mob.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Clippings for the first trial received Nov. 1, 1938; clippings for the second trial received on March 17, 1939.

Processing Information:

Processed by Margaret Peachy and Sally Vermaaten.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Biographical / Historical

James J. Hines
Born December 18, 1876
Married Geneva E. Cox, 1904, had three children
1912 won election for N.Y.C. Eleventh Assembly District
1913 became Chief Clerk to the Board of Aldermen
Lieutenant in the Motor Transport Corps during World War I
1920 Won primary in N.Y.C. Eleventh Assembly District
Lost election to become Manhattan borough president , 1921.
August 1938 indicted for protection of the Dutch Schultz mob and for complicity in a lottery or "numbers game"
Sept 12, 1938 mistrial declared by N.Y. Supreme Court Justice Pecora
February 1939 Hines found guilty of all charges in a N.Y. Supreme Court retrial
March 23, 1939 Sentenced to 4-8 years in prison,
September 12, 1944 Hines paroled
d. 26 Mar. 1957

Scope and Contents

The newspaper articles that make up this collection relate to the case of The People of the State of New York v. James J. Hines in the New York Supreme Court and, later, in the Court of Appeals of New York (284 N.Y. 93; 258 App. Div. 466). The initial trial (declared a mistrial), re-trial, and sentencing of the New York Tammany Hall politician for involvement in a lottery racket and aiding Dutch Schultz's mob are the focus of most of the articles. A few of the later articles in the collection report on the beginning of Hines' pursuit to appeal the N.Y. Supreme Court's decision.
The contents of the clippings vary; there are many photographs and brief news items, but there are also complete transcripts of the court record for full days of the trials, which include testimony, statements by District Attorney Thomas Dewey and Counsel for the defense Martin Littleton, and opinions by Justices Pecora and Nott. The clippings are taken from mostly from the New York Sun, Times, and Herald-Tribune, though other papers and cities are represented, such as the Boston Herald.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Racketeering--New York (State)
Tammany Hall
Trials (Conspiracy)--New York (State)
Organized crime--New York (State)
Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.
Littleton, Martin W. (Martin Wilson), 1897-
Nott, Charles C.
Pecora, Ferdinand, 1882-
Schultz, Dutch, 1900 or 1-1935
Stryker, Lloyd Paul, 1885-